China welcomed Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to China may open some new windows to issues like boarder disputes and China’s plan for infrastructure in PoK. Modi reached China today morning and during his three day visit he will hold an important summit with the Chinese President Xi Jinping on these major issues.
Modi begins 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 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.Xi 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 raised with China its concerns over huge Chinese investments in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) following President Xi Jinping’s trip to Pakistan last month. Xi would accompany him to the famous Wild Goose Pagoda, the magnificent structure built in sixth century to commemorate the visit of a spiritual structure build to highlight famous Chinese Buddhist monk Xuan Zang’s 17-year- long journey. The two countries are set to announce a multi-million joint film production to reconstruct Xuan’s epic journey.
After informal interaction with the Chinese President, Modi will leave for Beijing late in the evening.He is scheduled to hold talks with Premier Li Keqiang next day and go to Shanghai where he would address a business get-together, inaugurate the first Mahatma Gandhi chair at Fudan University and address the Indian community.
He is being accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and senior officials.China is the first leg of Modi’s three-nation tour that will also take him to Mongolia and South Korea.