MoUs will enrich India-China ties: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the MOUs between India and China that were signed on Wednesday would further strengthen ties between the two countries.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the MOUs between India and China that were signed on Wednesday would further strengthen ties between the two countries.

Modi posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter - “Three MoUs that will further enrich India-China ties were signed in the presence of President Xi Jinping and myself.”

He also wrote about his visit to the Sabarmati Ashram along with the Chinese President.

“President Jinping and I went to Sabarmati Ashram. We visited Hriday Kunj and the President tried his hand at the Charkha,” he tweeted.

In another post the PM wrote - “In the evening, President Xi Jinping got a glimpse of Gujarati culture during the visit to Sabarmati Riverfront.”

Breaking from protocol, PM Modi today unrolled a grand welcome for Chinese President Xi Jinping on his home turf, setting the stage for their summit tomorrow in Delhi that is expected to reboot political and economic ties.

On his first visit to India a year after he took over as President, the Chinese leader landed in Ahmedabad today to be taken around by Modi on a whirlwind business-cum-leisure trip, topped by a lavish Gujarati vegetarian dinner on the picturesque Sabarmati river front, PTI reported.

Straight from the airport, Xi arrived at Hyatt hotel where Modi warmly received him and immediately proceeded to have a brief one-on-one discussion with him.

There was bonhomie between the two leaders even as there were reports of incursions by Chinese army and civilians in Ladakh region, indicative of the tough task ahead of the two sides in resolving the vexed boundary issue.

Both oversaw the signing of MoUs making a Guangzhou and Ahmedabad as sister cities, setting up of industrial parks here and an agreement between Guangdong province and the Gujarat government for development of cultural and social ties between the two provinces.

Xi's three-day visit is aimed at ramping up trade and investments, besides having discussions on substantive issues including the contentious border dispute.

With PTI inputs

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