Chinese President Xi Jinping wished today a happy stay to India”s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his home province of Shaanxi, where he was welcomed with honors in an unusual gesture of the local protocol.
The Chinese leader said this is the first time that he has received a foreign statesman in his birthplace, after welcoming Modi in the ancient city of Xi’an.
Xi thanked the visitor the warming reception Modi gave to him when he visited India in September 2014 and accompanied to visit Gujarat, a place where the head of government of the neighboring country was born.
Official versions of the meeting between Xi and Modi states that the Chinese head of State applauded the frequent high-level contacts between the two nations, and the joint promotion of areas such as railway construction and industrial parks.
The strengthening of exchanges, control of border areas and the maintenance of good communication in regional and international issues are also included in the list.
The president said the Indian premier that the bilateral relations are experiencing a stable development and have broad perspective, and expressed confidence that Modi’s visit boosts the mutual strategic partnership, with great potential for development.
On his first visit to China since he took office as prime minister in May 2014, Modi said he was pleased to be in this country and visit historical places of interest existing in Xian, and expressed appreciation for the high cultural exchange between these two ancient civilizations.
The premier will travel tomorrow to Beijing, where he expects to meet with his Chinese peer Li Keqiang, and the chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Zhang Dejiang.
The visit of the Indian prime minister to China is the first stop of a tour that will also take him to Mongolia and South Korea.