Xi's India Visit: Trade Investment Priority
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in India Wednesday on a three-day visit that would see trade and investment
New Delhi,Ahmedabad: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in India Wednesday on a three-day visit that would see trade and investment topping the agenda of talks between him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi besides other bilateral issues.
Modi has described the India-China ties as going "beyond plain arithmetic".Xi is arriving Wednesday afternoon in Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of Gujarat state, at the head of a high-powered delegation.In a first, Modi will receive the Chinese president in Ahmedabad after which the two sides are to ink some agreements related to the region.
A red carpet welcome and Gujarati culture and cuisine await the Chinese president during his six-hour visit to the state.
Modi, who arrived in Ahmedabd Tuesday afternoon, said visiting heads of states should travel beyond New Delhi and see smaller towns to understand the country's diversity better.This was Modi's first visit to Gujarat after becoming prime minister.
Discussing the India-China relations with Chinese journalists based in New Delhi, Modi summarised the possibilities of the bilateral ties moving ahead as "Inch (India and China) towards Miles (Millennium of Exceptional Synergy
To a question on how he foresees India and China relations developing, Modi said: "Our relations go beyond plain arithmetic. They have a unique chemistry that can make for a defining moment."
While in Ahmedabad, Xi is to visit Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram and spend some time there along with Modi, who is to host a private dinner for the Chinese president at the Sabarmati Riverfront Park. The day would also mark Modi's 64th birthday.The Sabarmati riverfront is a pet project of Modi, who as Gujarat chief minister developed it on the line of the Thames river of London.
Several international mega events like kite festival, and Navratri festival have been organised at the riverfront.As many as 150 Gujarati dishes are on the menu for the dinner, being prepared by a team of experts from different parts of Gujarat and the Taj Hotel team from Mumbai and Delhi.
Both sides are also expected to announce the setting up of two industrial parks by China, one each in Gujarat and Maharashtra.India-China trade totalled $66.4 billion last year, which was heavily skewed in China's favour.
India has voiced concern at the mounting trade deficit which averaged $35 billion.Xi's visit comes at a time when President Mukherjee is visiting Vietnam.China and Vietnam are not on the best of diplomatic terms over Beijing's claim to the whole of South China Sea.