Chinese President to begin three-day India visit from today

Xi JinpingAhmedabad, Sept. 17 - Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in Ahmedabad on Wednesday afternoon on a three-day state visit.

He will be received by Gujarat Governor O. P. Kohli, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and her cabinet colleagues at Ahmedabad's Sardar Vallabhai Patel International Airport at around 2 p. m.

President Jinping, his wife and his entourage will be given a traditional welcome along with a guard of honour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will welcome him in Vastrapur, after which, both leaders will hold talks.

It is expected that both sides will sign three memoranda of understanding (MoUs). Of them, two are for relations between Guangdong and Gujarat and Guangzhou and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. The third MoU is related to cooperation in the industrial sector.

Thereafter, President Jinping will visit Sabarmati Ashram, walk along the Sabarmati River front and will see folk art forms and dances.

Prime Minister Modi will then host a private dinner for the Chinese President, after which the latter will leave for New Delhi.

President Jinping's three-day visit is expected to focus largely be on ramping up bilateral trade and investment, besides addressing the contentious border issue between the two Asian giants.

India expects that the visit will address the "interests and concerns" of both the countries and that "all substantive" issues having bearing on the ties including the boundary dispute will be discussed.

Keen to boost its trade ties with India, the Chinese side has already indicated that it will pledge to invest billions of dollars in India's railway, manufacturing and infrastructure projects during the Xi Jinping's visit, the third by any Chinese President to India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India will seek greater engagement with China, but at the same time, will also look for progress on "issues of concern" saying their resolution will transform the atmosphere in the relations.

"I am looking forward to deepening our engagement across the full spectrum of our bilateral relations, but also seeking progress on issues of concern, because resolution of these issues will transform the atmosphere in our relations and allow us to realize the full potential of our relations," he said.

President Jinping is being accompanied by a high-level delegation, including two senior members of the Polit Bureau and the Chinese Commerce Minister. (ANI)