PM’s China visit from May 14; stability on agenda

Rajat Kain

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PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during latter’s visit to India in September 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting China for three days starting 14th May. The Prime Minister himself announced his visit on a Chinese micro-blogging site Sina Weibo, the popular micro-blog like the Twitter and Facebook, saying “Hello China! Looking forward to interacting with Chinese friends through Weibo”. The agenda of the high power visit is expected on the lines of strengthening the regional and economic co-operation between the two nations.

“I am confident my visit will lay the foundation for further enhancing economic co-operation with China in a wide range of sectors. I also look forward to meeting the captains of industry in Shanghai and sharing with them the wonderful opportunities India has to offer,” the PM wrote on a web post.

“I am certain that my visit to China will strengthen stability, progress and prosperity in Asia,” he further said.

Apart from business and strategic talks, both the premiers may also use an occasion for a cultural exchange. The Chinese President Xi Jinping may accompany PM Modi to the Wild Goose Pagoda, a spiritual structure build to highlight famous Chinese Buddhist monk Xuan Zang. Known better in India as Hieun Tsang, the monk had visited India in 645 AD through the ancient Silk Road and his return after a 17-year long sojourn with precious Buddhist scriptures.

Evoking the history, PM Modi highlighted the links forged by Buddhism between India and China. He also greeted the Chinese readers on the occasion of Buddha Purnima Diwas.

“Eagerly awaiting my visit to Xi’an, Beijing and Shanghai and my productive discussions with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang,” he said.

Reciprocating the hometown bonhomie the way PM Modi had received President Xi and his wife at his hometown in Ahmedabad last year, the first couple will be receiving the Prime Minster at an ancient Chinese city of Xi’an. Xi’an is the provincial capital of Shaanxi province, the home province of President Xi.

At Xián, the Xi couple will host a banquet for PM Narendra Modi after which he will proceed for Beijing where he would hold in detailed talks with the President Xi and Premier Li Keqiang on the 15th May. Among the issues to be discussed, the contentious issue of border dispute between the two nations and improvement of bilateral ties will be taken up.

On the last day of his tour, the PM will be visiting the commercial city of Shanghai where he would address the business and corporate meetings emphasising on his flagship ‘Make in India’ campaign.