PM Modi arrives in China, gets traditional welcome


  • After Xi’an visit, PM Modi leaves for Beijing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening left the historic city of Xi’an for Beijing, the second stop of his three-day China visit.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted: “Xiexie Xi’an! PM @narendramodi departs the city for Beijing for the second leg of his China visit.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held “substantive” summit level talks here on Thursday during which the border issue, trade deficit and connectivity issues were discussed.

The two leaders, who held talks at the Shaanxi Guest House for about 90 minutes, later visited the Wild Goose Pagoda together.

Modi, who arrived here in the morning, was warmly welcomed by Xi at the guest house and the two leaders shook hands for photographs.

The prime minister said he was humbled by the welcome he received at Xi’an and termed it an honour for 1.25 crore Indians he was representing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping today visited the iconic Giant Wild Goose Pagoda built in 652 AD in recognition of monk Hiuen Tsang’s 17-year-long journey to India and his efforts to popularise Buddhism in China.

Modi and Xi visited the Pagoda after holding wide-ranging bilateral talks here.

Prime Minister Modi also gifted a Bodhi sapling to the temple. In turn, the Abbot of the monastery gifted a figurine of Hiuen Tsang, also known as Xuan Zang, to Modi.  Xi and Modi also posed for the photographers while shaking hands in front of the monument. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping today discussed ways to strengthen “trust” and maintain peace on border between India and China, whose ties are often soured by the decades-old boundary dispute.

Modi and Xi held substantive talks in this city, the first time a Chinese President has done so outside Beijing, covering various issues ranging from political, economic and global issues like terrorism, UNSC reforms and India’s membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).


  • Some time was spent on discussing connectivity issues,issue of terrorism naturally came up: S Jaishankar
  • Discussions were wide ranging & detailed, atmosphere was very comfortable: Foreign Secy S Jaishankar
  • It is an honour for 125 crore Indians whom I am representing as Prime Minister: PM Modi to Chinese President Xi Jinping
  • You received me warmly in your hometown, glad to receive you: Chinese President Xi Jinping to PM Modi
  • Delegation level talks between PM Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping on
  • PM Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is looking to clinch $10 billion worth of deals, a leading English daily of China reported on Thursday.

“The two countries are likely to sign deals worth $10 billion during Modi’s first visit as prime minister that will also take him to Beijing and Shanghai as he attempts to attract investments for Indian manufacturing and infrastructure,” the Global Times said.
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