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PM Narendra Modi in China, Day 2: As it happened

Today is Day 2 of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's China visit. He will spend the day in capital Beijing before leaving for Shanghai tonight. 

PM Narendra Modi in China, Day 2: As it happened

Beijing: Today is Day 2 of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's China visit. He will spend the day in capital Beijing before leaving for Shanghai tonight. Here are the live updates:

  • India, China to sign pacts worth about $10 billion tomorrow.
  • PM Modi reaches Shanghai.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Shanghai.
  • Later, the PM tweeted a picture of the event.
  • The PM clicks selfie with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
  • PM Narendra Modi woos children by clicking selfies with them at the event.
  • PM Narendra Modi interacts with children at Yoga-Taichi joint event in Beijing. 
  • The holistic health care that world needs can be fulfilled by yoga, underlines the PM. 
  • It is wonderful to see Indian students doing Taichi and Chinese students doing yoga, says the PM. ​
  • Last year, when I put forth a proposal in the United Nations for International Yoga Day, 177 countries supported it and China was among many co-sponsors with India: PM Modi
  • Yoga is the art of controlling body, mind and intellect, says PM Modi
  • I congratulate Premier Li Keqiang ​for organising such a wonderful event. I also congratulate him for the choice of the venue: PM Modi at Temple of Heaven 
  • PM Modi is speaking at Yoga-Tai Chi joint event.
  • PM Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang are watching the Yoga-Taichi performance together at the famous Temple of Heaven.
  • India's young population is a big advantage to the nation. It will help in the country's growth: PM Modi in China
  • China has scale, skill and speed, says the PM while responds to a student's query.
  • PM Modi is answering questions of students at Tsinghua University.
  • We are at a moment, when we have the opportunity to make our choices. India and China are two proud civilizations and two great nations that will fulfill their destinies. We each have the strength and the will to choose our own paths to success. But, we have the ancient wisdom to know that our journey will be smoother and our future brighter,when we will walk together, confident of one another, and in step with each other. Thank You, says the PM as he concludes his speech at Tsinghua University, Beijing.
  • For this reason, I chose to speak today at a university. Because it is the youth that will inherit the future of our countries and the responsibility for our relationship. President Xi has spoken eloquently about the inter-connected dreams of China and India and the new type of relationship between major countries. Not only are our dreams inter-connected, our future is also deeply inter-dependent: PM
  • Later today, we will have the Yoga-Taichi event. It will represent the coming together of our two civilizations. We are starting the Gandhi and India Study Centre in Fudan University and a college of Yoga in Kunming The second route to Kailash Mansarovar for Indian pilgrims will start in June, for which I want to thank President Xi. These are just some of the many steps India and China are taking to bring the world's two largest populations in closer contact: PM
  • Our soldiers face each other on the border, but we should also deepen our defence and security cooperation to address our many common challenges. Above all, as we look ahead, we must build more bridges of familiarity and comfort between our people. About 33 percent of the world's population is either Indian or Chinese. Yet, our people know very little of each other. We must seek inspiration from the pilgrims of the ancient times, who braved the unknown in search of knowledge, and enriched us both. So, we have decided to extend electronic tourist visas to Chinese nationals. We are celebrating the Year of India in China in 2015. We are launching the Provincial and State Leaders Forum today: PM
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  • China's support for India's permanent membership of a reformed UN Security Council, and for India's membership of export control regimes like Nuclear Suppliers Group will do more than just strengthen our international cooperation. It will take our relationship to a new level. It will give Asia stronger voice in the world. If we are able to deepen mutual trust and confidence, we will also be able to reinforce each other's efforts of connecting Asia with itself and rest of the world: PM
  • If the last century was the age of alliances, this is an era of inter-dependence. So, talks of alliances against one another have no foundation. In any case, we are both ancient civilizations, large and independent nations. Neither of us can be contained or become part of anyone's plans. So, our partnership in international forums should not be determined by the concerns of others, but the interests of our two countries: PM
  • We are both increasing our engagement in our shared neighbourhood. This calls for deeper strategic communication to build mutual trust and confidence. We must ensure that our relationships with other countries do not become a source of concern for each other. And, wherever possible and feasible, we should work together, as we did in responding to the earthquake in Nepal: PM
  • We must continue to do that on the principle of mutual and equal security. Our agreements, protocols and border mechanisms have been helpful. But, a shadow of uncertainty always hangs over the sensitive areas of the border region. It is because neither side knows where the Line of Actual Control is in these areas. That is why I have proposed resuming the process of clarifying it. We can do this without prejudice to our position on the boundary question. We should think of creative solutions to issues that have become irritants - from visa policies to trans-border rivers. Sometimes, small steps can have a deep impact on how our people see each other: PM
  • First, we must try to settle the boundary question quickly. We both recognise that this is history's legacy. Resolving it is our shared responsibility to the future. We must move ahead with new purpose and determination. The solution we choose should do more than settle the boundary question. It should do so in a manner that transforms our relationship and not cause new disruptions. We have been remarkably successful in maintaining peace and tranquility along the border: PM
  • In recent years, we have deepened our political engagement. We have kept our borders peaceful. We have managed our differences and not allowed them to impede closer cooperation. We have enhanced our cooperation across the full spectrum of our relationship. Yet, if we have to realise the extraordinary potential of our partnership, we must also address the issues that lead to hesitation and doubts, even distrust, in our relationship, notes the PM.
  • Simply put, the prospects of the 21st century becoming the Asian century will depend in large measure on what India and China achieve individually and what we do together. Rhe rising fortunes of 2.5 billion pairs of joined hands will be of the greatest consequence for our region and the humanity. This is the vision that I share with President Xi and Premier Li This is the impulse that is driving our relationship: PM
  • A resurgent Asia is seeking a bigger voice in global affairs. India and China seek a greater role in the world. It may be reforms in the United Nations Security Council or the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. But, Asia's voice will be stronger and our nation's role more influential, if India and China speak in one voice - for all of us and for each other: PM Modi
  • Today, we speak of Asia's resurgence. It is the result of the rise of many powers in the region at the same time. It is an Asia of great promise, but also many uncertainties. Asia's re- emergence is leading to a multi-polar world that we both welcome. But, it is also an unpredictable and complex environment of shifting equations. We can be more certain of a peaceful and stable future for Asia if India and China cooperate closely: PM
  • Equally, we both seek to connect a fragmented Asia. There are projects we will pursue individually. There are few such as the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Corridor that we are doing jointly. But, geography and history tell us that the dream of an interconnected Asia will be successful, when India and China work together. We are two countries that have gained a lot from an open, rule-based global trading system. Equally, we have most to lose if it breaks down. We both have enormous stakes in the international negotiations on climate change. Our cooperation in these forums will be crucial to shape their outcomes: PM
  • India and China conduct their international commerce on the same sea lanes. The security of sea lanes is vital for our two economies; and, our cooperation is essential to achieve it: PM
  • We both face instability in our shared neighbourhood that can threaten our security and slow down our economies. The spreading tide of extremism and terrorism is a threat we both face; for both, its source is in the same region. We must also deal with the changing character of terrorism that has made it less predictable and more diffuse. We source a large part of our energy from the same region that faces instability and uncertain future: PM
    Also Read: Modi calls for strengthening counter-terrorism cooperation between India, China
  • Tomorrow in Shanghai, we will see the agreements onfirst of those partnerships between our industries. But, to maintain this partnership over the long run, we must also improve the access of Indian industry to the Chinese market. I am encouraged by President Xi's and Premier Li's commitment to resolve this problem. As much as our bilateral cooperation, our international partnership will be important for each other's success. Our changing world has created new opportunities and challenges: PM
  • Perhaps, no other economy in the world offers such opportunities for the future as India's. And, few partnerships are as filled with promise as ours. During President Xi's visit last September, we set for ourselves a new level of ambition for our cooperation. Partnership in modernizing Indian railways, two Chinese industrial parks in India, commitments of USD 20 billion in investments into India over the next five years partnership in our Make in India Mission: This is the shape of our future: PM Modi
  • You will feel the change in India. And, you can see it in our growth rate. It has now increased to 7.5 percent, and we are encouraged by international experts speak in one voice of higher growth rates. In many ways, our two countries reflect the same aspirations, similar challenges and the same opportunities. We can be inspired by each other's successes. And, in the global uncertainties of our times, we can reinforce each other's progress.
  • That is why I am here today with two Chief Ministers, which is a new aspect of our foreign policy. And, for the first time for India, Premier Li and I will sit with provincial leaders and chief ministers to discuss our partnership. I know that rewriting policies can be easier than changing mindsets and work culture. But, we are on the right path: PM
  • This won't just transform lives, but also generate a new source of economic momentum. Above all, we are changing the way we govern ourselves – not just in the way we work in New Delhi, but also in the way we work together with state governments, districts and cities. Because we know, as you do, that our vision may be formed in Delhi, but our success will be determined by state capitals: PM
  • We are combining traditional strategies with modern economic instruments to eliminate poverty and create security for the poor. We have launched major schemes on financial inclusion of all, providing funds to the un-banked, and ensuring efficient and direct transfer of benefits to the poor. And, we are ensuring that insurance and pension schemes reach the poorest. We have set time-bound goals for providing access to housing, water and sanitation for all: PM
  • Our resources are being allocated with speed and transparency. And, we will make sure that land acquisition does not become a barrier to growth or a burden on farmers. We are creating the global skill pool to establish a modern economy with a world class manufacturing sector. We are reviving our agriculture sector to restore the fortunes of our farmers and boost our growth. Like China, urban renewal is both a necessity and a means to add energy to our economy: PM
  • We are building a tax regime that is predictable, stable and competitive, and that will integrate the Indian market. We are scaling up investments in next generation infrastructure – roads, ports, railways, airports, telecom, digital networks and clean energy: PM
  • Over the past year, we have moved with a clear and coherent vision. And, we have acted with speed, resolve and boldness to implement it. We have taken sweeping steps to reform our policies and open up more to foreign direct investments. This includes new areas like insurance, construction, defence and railways. We are eliminating unnecessary regulations and simplifying our procedures. We are using digital technology to eliminate multiple approvals and endless wait: PM
  • China's success over the past three decades has changed the character of the global economy. India is now the next frontier of the economic revolution. We have the demography for it. About 800 million people in India are below the age of 35 years. Their aspirations, energy, enterprise and skills will be the force for India's economic transformation. We now have the political mandate and the will to make it happen: PM
  • Today, after difficult and sometimes dark passages of history, India and China stand at a rare moment of vast and multiple transitions in the world. Perhaps, the most significant change of this era is the re-emergence of China and India. The world's two most populous nations are undergoing economic and social transformation on a scale and at a speed that is unmatched in history: PM
  • It is reflected in the human values of Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis, a doctor from India, who treated soldiers in China during the Second World War: PM
  • And, in an unquestionable evidence of our ancient trade, silk in our classical Sanskrit language is called Cinapatta. So, the centuries-old story of our relations has been of spiritualism, learning, art and trade. It is a picture of respect for each other's civilisation and of shared prosperity: PM
  • And, those who love silk and textiles know that India's famous tanchoi sarees owe themselves to three brothers from my state of Gujarat who learnt the art of weaving from Chinese masters in the 19th century: PM
  • Mumbai's rise as a port and a shipbuilding centre is because of cotton trade with China: PM
  • Records talk of about 80 Indian monks coming to China and nearly 150 Chinese monks returning after their education in India. And yes, this was in the 10th and 11th century: PM
  • The world's first large scale educational exchange programme took place between India and China during the Tang Dynast: PM
  • President Xi's visit in India last September started from Ahmedabad. It is not far from Vadnagar, my birthplace, but important, because it hosted Xuanzang and many pilgrims from China: PM
  • There is much more, though, that links our two ancient civilizations. I began my journey in China in Xi'an. In doing so, I retraced the footsteps of Chinese monk Xuanzang. He travelled to India from Xi'an in the seventh century in search of knowledge and returned to Xi'an as a friend and chronicler of India: PM
  • It is not surprising that China's economic growth and its new leadership in research, science and technology have taken place together. I particularly like the old Chinese saying, If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. In India, too, the ancient saying is vyaye krate vardhate eva nityam, vidhya dhanam sarva dhan pradhanam​. The wealth that increases by giving, that wealth is knowledge and is supreme of all possessions. This is one example of how our two nations are united in their timeless wisdom.

  • I am truly delighted to be at the Tsinghua University today. You are a world class institution. You are a symbol of success of China's education sector. You are the foundation for China's economic miracle. You have produced great leaders, including President Xi: PM
  • PM Modi begins his speech at Tsinghua University.
  • PM Narendra Modi will visit the Beijing Temple of Heaven with Chinese Premier Li later in the day, says a report.
  • The Chinese Premier hosts a banquet for PM Narendra Modi.
  • No timeline has been set on border talks. The problem is too complex and too serious to contemplate putting a deadline, says Jaishankar in response to another query.
  • Responding to a query, Jaishankar says terrorism is a very big issue for India. China has also said it is a big worry for them. The CCIT (Comprehensive Convention for International Terrorism) also came up for discussion, adds the Foreign Secretary.
  • India, China have decided to set up a task force to look into trade imbalance and other economic issues, says Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.
  • India and China decide to have more Border Personnel Meeting Points as part of efforts to maintain peace and tranquillity on the boundary: Jaishankar
  • India would be the partner country in China-South Asia expo this year, announces S Jaishankar.
  • Yes, we have issues and we must address those issues, but, that should not lead us to neglect the possibilities and opportunities we have, notes Jaishankar.
  • Similarly today, Premier Li spoke of the image of our relationship in the past of being adversaries and competitors. And why today we need to creditably project a positive partnership. That sense that today the relationship is poised at a very important juncture with our possibilities of moving forward. Again was felt yesterday by President Xi. So, there is that sense on both sides at the leadership level that it is possible for the two countries to do more when the opportunities are there: Jaishankar
  • There was an overall sense that, one - we needed to moves on the outstanding issues. But, we also needed to develop a more positive narrative of our relationship and to build higher levels of trust. Giving flavour of the conversation, Mr Modi, for example, said that when it comes to our relationship, there is no question of going back, but standing still was also not an option, and the only way was to move forward, says Jaishankar
  • What you see in the joint statement is this- two major powers dealing with each other in a constructive way. Now, expressing that in bilateral relations, on regional issues and on global issues, two words that came up very often in the conversation, both yesterday and today, were 'strategic communication' and 'strategic coordination'. Again, I put those two words in the context of the two major powers: Foreign Secretary
  • I think the approach was of two major powers dealing with each other, in the region and the world. In terms of the relationship, again, this is a very careful choice of words; it is a constructive model of relationship, says Jaishankar.
  • Yesterday's talks with President Xi was for about 90 minutes, and then, they were together for an hour at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and, they were roughly two hours together at dinner and the programmes that followed. Today, we had 90 minutes of restricted talks between the Prime Minister and Premier Li. About half-an-hour, may be they shared more during delegation-level talks. And then, there was an event to do with the leaders of the provinces and mayors, leaders of regions. Twenty-four agreements were signed, and we released a joint statement: Jaishankar
  • Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar​ is addressing a press conference in Beijing. 
  • I believe it will be much easier to translate our vision into reality, if provincial and state governments come into closer contacts. It will also serve our other interests – especially promoting greater people-to-people contacts, which is at the heart of all relationships. Between India and China, we already have sister-state relationships between Gujarat and. We also have a number of sister-city relations. During this visit, we will see the launch of Karnataka relations and four sister-city relationships. It is also consistent with this spirit that President Xi began his visit to India in Ahmedabad and I started this visit in. These are welcome developments. We are truly taking our relationship outside our national capitals to state capitals and cities. So, it is a great pleasure for me to join Premier in launching this forum. It will have our full support. And, I wish it all success: PM
  • Our economic relations are growing rapidly. During President visit last year, we set for ourselves an ambitious plan to take our economic relations to a new level. We agreed on China setting up two industrial parks in India – in Maharashtra and Gujarat. We are pleased that both Chief Ministers are here. We have agreed on cooperation in the upgrading of India's railway sector. I have invited Chinese companies to invest in India's manufacturing sector. President spoke of USD 20 billion of Chinese investments over the next five years. Some of the business agreements will take shape in Shanghai tomorrow: PM 
  • A number of decisions can be taken quickly by the state governments. These interactions also make the state governments more sensitive and aware of the international dynamics and requirements. Therefore, I attach great significance to this forum. It is the first that India has with any country. And, it is appropriate that it has started with China. We are two of the world's largest economies and among its fastest growing major economies. We have enormous economic. We also face similar challenges. We have some similar experiences. We have both seen differences in the pace of development in different parts of our countries: PM Modi
  • Every nation needs strong international partnerships for its progress. The linkage has deepened in an integrated world. As international partnerships in trade, investments, innovation, technology, tourism, education, skills and health grow, state governments have a stake in them and responsibility for their success. I have found, both through state delegations, that state level interactions can be often more focused and productive: PM
  • More than anything else, we deal with the state governments in a spirit of partnership and with sensitivity to their concerns. And, in doing so, we do not look at the symbol of the political party that is in power in the state. Which is why, when I invited state governments to participate in this event, I did considered the linkages of their states with China, but also broader political representation, says the PM. 
  • I am asking my ministries to move conferences out of Delhi to state capitals and other cities, so that they do get the benefits that come from hosting such events: PM 
  • We have radically increased the amount of resources that the Central Government must transfer to the state governments. And, when we began to raise large revenues from the auction of our coal, it also filled the of the states where the mines are located: PM 
  • That is why I speak of Cooperative Federalism, when the Centre and the States are partners. I also speak of cooperative and competitive federalism, in which states compete with each other to attract investments and jobs. We have moved quickly in the past year to give shape to this vision. When we replaced the old Planning Commission with the institution called Niti Ayog, we gave a formal place and role for state governments in an institution of this nature for the first time in India: PM
  • That is why I speak of Team India. That is why I believe that the foundation for India's development will not be the single pillar of the Central Government, but 30 pillars comprising the Central Government and all our States. It follows from the simple logic of science that this foundation will be stronger and more stable. It can support a much taller structure of development: PM
  • It is also stems from a basic management principle. The chances of success are higher when we create a sense of participation for everyone; when we give everyone a stake in success: PM 
  • In the same national environment, states are performing at different levels. For business investors, too, whether they are Indian or foreign, their journey may begin in Delhi, but their success ultimately depends on state capitals. Many of the critical requirements for success – infrastructure, land, skilled human resources and many approvals – ultimately depend on the state governments. But, for me, the involvement of states in our national effort is not just because of their constitutional and legal responsibilities: PM 
  • In India's Constitution, state governments have role in economic and social development. The Central Government creates the macro-economic environment. It can set the broad social and economic agenda and directions for the nation. It can launch development policies and schemes. It can manage resources. But, in the end, the state governments have an important role in their implementation. But, as I saw in my own experience, state governments can take initiatives for the development of the states. That is the level of autonomy and responsibility that they enjoy under our Constitution, notes the PM.
  • This is especially true for large and countries, with a high degree of geographical, social and economic. It becomes even more relevant, when the constitutional and political systems are federal in structure. These exist in both India and China, the world's two most populous nations: PM
  • In times to come, this will become one of the most important instruments for deepening our economic partnership and contact between our people. As someone who has been Chief Minister for thirteen years and Prime Minister for one, this forum has a special place in my heart. But, it is not just my sentiments that lead me to give such importance to this new institution. It comes from a serious conviction, born from my experience, that states have a vital role to play in the national development: PM
  • This is a historic moment in the relationship between India and China. Today, we are launching a new vehicle for advancing cooperation between our two countries: PM at India-China Forum of State/Provincial Leaders
  • PM Narendra Modi is speaking at State/Provincial leaders' forum at Great Hall of the People. Meanwhile, Swarup says the forum will become one of the most important instruments for deepening our economic partnership and contact between our people. 
  • Meanwhile, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted a picture of the PM and the Chinese Premier at the launch of India-China Forum of State & Provincial Leaders.
  • I look forward to working with President Xi and Premier Li. I have welcomed President Xi's proposal to hold regular summits to realise our vision for the relationship. I have also invited Premier Li to visit India at an early date. I look forward to visiting Shanghai tomorrow. Thank you, says the PM as he concludes his statement.
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  • Today, we have signed over 20 agreements, covering diverse areas of cooperation. This shows the depth and maturity of our relationship and the positive direction of our partnership. This has been a very productive and positive visit: PM 
  • Finally, we have many common global and regional interests. For example, we have a shared interest in the outcome of the international climate change negotiations. We are both trying to strengthen regional connectivity. Terrorism is a shared threat. Instability in West Asia matters to both of us. Peace and progress in Afghanistan benefits us both. I am confident that our international partnership will deepen: PM
  • The Nathu La route for Indian pilgrims to visit Kailash Mansarovar will become operational in June. I want to thank China for that. Our decision to open a consulates in Chengdu and Chennai reflects growing mutual confidence and shared commitment to expand our relationship. These steps will help make our relationship more broad-based and people-centric: PM 
    Also Read: 2nd Kailash-Manasarovar route to open next month: PM
  • This is the Year of India in China; the next one will be the Year of China in India. This will expand tourism between our two countries. We are establishing a Centre for Gandhian and Indian Studies in Shanghai, a Yoga College in Kunming and a bilateral Think-Tanks Forum: PM
  • We have decided to take the relationship out of the narrow confines of governments in the national capitals to states, cities and our people. For the first time, India has launched a State and Provincial Leaders' Forum with any country. This is consistent with my firm commitment to cooperative federalism in India.
  • An area of high priority for us is people-to-people contacts. Indians and Chinese don't know each other well, much less understand each other. We have decided to take the relationship out of the narrow confines of governments in the national capitals to states, cities and our people. For the first time, India has launched a State and Provincial Leaders' Forum with any country. This is consistent with my firm commitment to cooperative federalism in India: PM
  • President Xi and Premier Li were very receptive to the specific concerns I had raised on our growing trade deficit. We look forward to early impact on the ground: PM
  • Bilateral cooperation was a very important part of our discussion. We have set a high level of ambition for our economic partnership. We see enormous bilateral opportunities and many similar challenges, like urbanisation. We are pleased with the progress on the commitments from the Summit last September. This includes cooperation in the Railways, where we have identified specific projects, and the two Chinese industrial parks in Gujarat and Maharashtra. I am pleased that the two chief ministers are here with me. Both leaders were very supportive about increased Chinese participation in our Make in India mission and infrastructure sector. In Shanghai tomorrow, we will see over twenty ventures in the private sector take concrete shape: PM
  • Our decision to enhance strategic communication and coordination on our region is especially significant: PM
  • I sought tangible progress on issues relating to visa policy and trans-border rivers. I also discussed some of our regional concerns. We agreed that as we move ahead, we should be sensitive to each other's interests; strengthen mutual trust and confidence; continue to manage our difference with maturity; and, seek solutions to outstanding issues: PM
  • I found sensitivity to our concerns on this issue; and, interest in further intensifying confidence building measures. I also reiterated the importance of clarification of Line of Actual Control in this regard: PM
  • On the boundary question, we agreed that we continue to explore a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable resolution. We both reiterated our strong commitment to make all efforts to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border region, says the PM.
  • I stressed the need for China to reconsider its approach on some of the issues that hold us back from realising full potential of our partnership. I suggested that China should take a strategic and long term view of our relations. I found the Chinese leadership responsive. 
  • Our conversations were candid, constructive and friendly. We covered all issues, including those that trouble smooth development of our relations, says Modi.
  • We are committed to set a new direction between the two largest Asian countries. I believe that my discussions with President Xi and Premier Li have advanced our relationship in that direction: PM
  • I am pleased to visit China in the first year of my Government. This is one of our most important strategic partnerships. The reason is obvious. The re-emergence of India and China and their relationship will have a profound impact on the two countries and the course of this century. Our relationship has been complex in recent decades. But, we have a historic responsibility to turn this relationship into a source of strength for each other and a force of good for the world: PM
  • I am pleased to visit China in the first year of my government. This is one of our most important strategic partnerships: PM Modi
  • Xi'an is also a symbol of our ancient spiritual and cultural links. I have a personal connection with Xi'an through Monk Xuan Zang. He visited my hometown 1,400 years ago, says the PM.
  • I am very grateful to President Xi Jinping for special gesture of hosting me in Xi'an and for showing me the city's extraordinary heritage. It is a treasure of the world: PM 
  • Let me start by expressing my deep gratitude to President Xi, Premier Li and the people of China for the exceptional welcome and hospitality: PM
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins making a statement.
  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, speaking in Mandarin, makes a press statement in the Great Hall of People.
  • PM Modi and the Chinese Premier are making media statements.
  • India and China ink agreements in these sectors - Railways, Education Exchange Program, Mining and Mineral sector, Space Co-operation, Broadcasting between CCTV & DD, Tourism Co-operation, India-China Think Tank Forums, Earthquake Science & Engineering, Agreement between Development Research Centre & NITI Aayog, Co-operation on Ocean Science, Establishment of Provincial and State leaders
    Also Read: India, China sign 24 key agreements​
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  • A record 24 bilateral agreements have been signed between India and China.
  • Meanwhile, here is a picture showing Chinese Premier Li Keqiang introducing the Chinese dignitaries to PM Narendra Modi at Official Welcome Ceremony.
  • Likening Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China with that of the ice-breaking visit by former US president Richard Nixon in 1972, another article in the Global Times says he has the capacity to resolve major contradictions between the two Asian giants.
    Also Read: 'Modi's Nixon-style pragmatism refreshes ties with China'
  • The boundary dispute between India and China has become a "conundrum" affecting bilateral ties and both countries should work out a code of conduct if the issue is not resolved in the near future, according to an article published in in Global Times, the state-run newspaper.
    Also Read: 'India,China should devise code of conduct for boundary issue'
  • Delegation-level talks begin.
  • Restricted level talks between the PM and the Chinese Premier have just ended. Full delegation talks are about to begin.
  • Here is a picture of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the Ceremonial Welcome in Beijing.
  • PM Modi is currently holding talks with Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of People.
  • PM Modi inspects Guard of Honour at Great Hall of People.
  • Welcome ceremony held in honour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Eastern Plaza, Great Hall of People, in Beijing. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is also present.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Great Hall of People in Beijing for welcome ceremony.
  • PM Modi will be leaving for Shanghai late Friday night on the third and final leg of his China trip.
  • Also today, PM Modi will address students at the prestigious Tsinghua University before travelling to the Temple of Heaven where he will witness a Yoga-Taichi joint event.
  • Later in the day, PM Modi will meet Zhang Dejiang, the Chairman of the National People's Congress (China's Parliament).
  • During his talks with Premier Li, PM Modi is expected to seek support for his 'Make in India' initiative while inviting Chinese investments in the country.
  • The talks between the two PMs will be held at the Great Hall of the People.
  • In Beijing, PM Modi will on Friday hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on issues of mutual interests including the boundary issue and the trade imbalance. The trade imbalance is currently in favour of China to the tune of USD 38 billion.
  • PM Modi began his China visit on Thursday morning from the north west city of Xi'an, the hometown of Chinese President Xi Jinping with whom he held "very substantive" discussions focussing on strengthening of mutual trust and the boundary issue.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Beijing Thursday night on the second leg of his three-day China visit.