Xi’an,Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reached the Chinese city of Xi’an on the first leg of his three-nation tour that will see him visiting China, Mongolia and South Korea. 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).
“On the political side, there was a lot of discussion on strengthening trust and increasing convergence,” said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar while briefing media on the 90-minute delegation-level talks without taking any questions.
He said the two leaders discussed the boundary issue,
- Xi, Modi hold summit-level talks in Xi’an
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping today began summit-level talks during which the two leaders are expected to discuss a host of issues, including the contentious boundary dispute and China’s plans for infrastructure projects in PoK.
Xi warmly welcomed Modi at the Shaanxi Guest House here as the two leaders shook hands for photographs.
In his opening remarks, Modi appreciated the Chinese leader for warmly receiving him outside Beijing.
“This is an honour to 125 crore Indians whom I am representing as Prime Minister,” said Modi, who was wearing a black bandhgala suit.
Recalling his visit to Ahmedabad in September last year, President Xi said, “You received me very warmly in your hometown. I am very glad to receive you in my hometown.”
While Modi spoke in Hindi, Xi made his remarks in Chinese.
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the people near the Daxingshan Temple, Xi’an After a visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum at Xi’an, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid a visit to the Da Xingshan temple and offered prayers. Modi stood with his hands folded in front of massive golden statues of the Buddha as orange-robed monks chanted prayers.
“Sutra recitation at Grand Hall of Daxingshan Temple in presence of PM,” tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
Modi visits Terracotta Warriors Museum at Xi’an
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday began his tour of China by visiting the Terracota Warriors Museum at Xi’an.
Modi went around the museum that houses neat rows of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. The museum has a collection of over 8,000 life-size clay warriors.
Modi arrives in China
The Prime Minister was accorded with traditional welcome upon his arrival.
“Not an ordinary city. Not an ordinary welcome. Prime minister being greeted at Xi’an airport,” Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs tweeted along with a picture of Modi. Xi’an is the hometown of Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Source- www.newsroompost.com)