Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached China for a three-day visit, during which he will hold summit
talks with Chinese Presiden Xi Xinping on a range of issues including the border dispute.
News agency PTI reports that the two leaders are also likely to discuss China’s plans for infrastructure projects in PoK.
Modi, who is undertaking his first visit to China as Prime Minister, would begin his day with a visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors museum which has a large collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.
He would later visit the famous Buddhist Dashang temple in Shaanxi province, the home province of President Xi, who has restored its old glory by making it the headquarters of his mega Silk Road projects.
Xinping will join Modi in the afternoon and the two leaders would spend nearly about five hours with restricted as well as informal talks to build on their rapport discussing the most contentious issues like border dispute and China’s big push to rope in reluctant India into the Silk Road projects, specially the maritime silk road (MSR) over which India has strong reservations.
India has also raised its concerns with China over huge Chinese investments in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) following President Xi Jinping’s trip to Pakistan last month.
Modi would also be accorded traditional Tang dynasty welcome followed by a banquet by Xi.
The two countries are set to announce a multi-million joint film production to reconstruct Xuan’s epic journey.