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  • 18:58 (IST)

    PM arrives in Shanghai for third leg of China visit

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Shanghai this evening for the third and final leg of his three-day China visit that also took him to Xi'an and Beijing.

    Modi will meet with CEOs of top Chinese companies and a number of agreements worth $10 billion are expected to be signed.

    Modi will also address the Indian community in Shanghai before leaving for Mongolia on the second-leg of his three-nation tour that will also take him to South Korea. - PTI

  • 15:53 (IST)

    Modi takes selfie with kids at Temple of Heaven

    PM Narendra Modi with Chinese premier Li were at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing watching a demonstration of children performing Tai Chi and Yoga. PM Modi was seen clicking selfies with Chinese children at the event. 

    Addressing the students, PM Modi said, "It is wonderful to see Indian students doing Tai Chi on one side and the Chinese students doing Yoga on the other. The holistic health care that world needs can be fulfilled by Yoga. Agar swarg prapt karna ho to mann, budhhi, shareer teeno ka santulan chahiye (If you want to achieve heaven you need to have perfect balance between head, heart and body). I also want to congratulate them for the choice of this venue as this is the Temple of Heaven and I want to congratulate Premier Li Keqiang for the conceptualization of this event."

  • 15:41 (IST)

    PM Modi at Yoga-Tai-Chi fusion

    Here's Narendra Modi's speech at the Yoga-Tai Chi fusion demonstration. 

  • 14:45 (IST)

    Source of terrorism is the same for both China and India: Modi 

    On the issue of border terrorism, Modi said that he was encouraged by President Xi and Premier Li's commitment.

    "Spreading tide of extremism and terrorism is a threat we both face and for both, the source is in the same region. As much as our bilateral cooperation, our international partnership will be important for each other's success. Geography and history tell us that the dream of an interconnected Asia will be successful, when India and China work together. A resurgent Asia is seeking a bigger voice in global affairs. Asia's voice will be stronger if India and China speak in one voice for each other. We must try to settle the boundary question quickly. We both realise that this is history's legacy."

    "We should think of creative solutions for issues that have become irritants - from visa policies to trans-border rivers. We must ensure that our relationships with other countries do not become a source of concern for each other. Talks of alliances against one another have no foundation. Neither of us can be contained or become part of anyone's plan."

  • 14:38 (IST)

    Modi greets students in Mandarin

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed students Tsinghua university in Beijing. He greeted the students of the university in Mandarin. "You are a world class institution. You are the foundation for China's economic miracle. You have produced great leaders including President Xi. Knowledge is wealth and is supreme of all possessions. The wealth that increases by giving is knowledge and (it is) supreme of all possessions."

    "After dark passages of history, India and China stand on the verge of a vast dynamic change in world. We are scaling up investment in next generation infrastructure. Our resources are being allocated with speed and transparency. Perhaps no other economy in the world offers such opportunities to the world as India's. We will make sure land acquisition does not become a barrier to growth or a burden to farmers."

    In response to a student's question, Modi said that scale, scheme and speed have proven beneficial for China. "India also wants to growth with similar speed. There are many areas where India and China can work together. India and China should settle boundary question quickly, without any prejudice," he added. 

    Meanwhile, Modi also announced that India has decided to extend e-visa to Chinese nationals, PTI report said. 

  • 11:32 (IST)

    India, China must work closely on terrorism, says Jaishanker

    "There was a sense that terrorism was a shared threat for both the countries and we need to work closely on countering terrorism. There was fair amount of discussion on strengthening peace and tranquility on border," says Jaishankar. 

    "Both India and China had concerns about terrorism. Do not test your imagination too much about this topic though," says Jaishankar.

  • 11:26 (IST)

    Jaishankar briefs media after Modi-Li joint statement

    Briefing the media on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China till now, foreign secretary S Jaishankar said, "PM Modi said, when it comes to our relations, there was no question of going back but standing still was also not an option. We need to build higher levels of trust and move on outstanding issues. We have issues and we must address them, but doesn't make us ignore the possibilities we have."

    When asked why e-visas were not announced during the joint statement, Jaishankar says, "You may have reported it but we haven't decided anything on it yet."

  • 10:28 (IST)

    Relationship between India and China complex, says Modi

    Addressing the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and the press in Beijing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday started out his statement by thanking President Xi Jinping for an extraordinary welcome. 

    "I am pleased to visit China in the first year of my government. Xi'an is a symbol of our ancient, spiritual links and my connection to this country is personal. Our conversations were candid, constructive and friendly on all topics," Modi said. 

    Getting on to more serious topics, PM Modi added that even though the relationship between the two nations has been complex, there is responsibility to turn it into a source of strength. 

    "We are committed to set a new direction to ties between India and China. Our relationship has been complex in recent decades. But we have a historic responsibility to turn it into source of strength & force of good for world. I stressed need for China to re-consider its approach to some issues that hold us back from realising full potential of our partnership."

    "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 tranquility in the border region. 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. I stress on need for China to re-consider its approach to some issues that hold us back," PM Modi further added. 

  • 10:09 (IST)

    Modi thanks Xi Jinping for reception

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he is grateful to Chinese President Xi Jinping for giving him such a warm welcome in Xi'an.

  • 10:05 (IST)

    India-China joint statement

    China Prime Minister Li Keqiang addresses the press in Beijing in Chinese. The premier says that even though there are differences there are similarities between the two countries. 

    "India and China need to establish regular contact. Today's Yoga-tai chi fusion event was an important symbol of cooperation between the two countries. India and China are both ancient civilizations and they need to certainly trade more," says Li. 

    Incidentally, Li's speech was not translated in English even after the speech ended. 

    The Chinese PM also added that China will seek solution into the border-related issues. 

  • 09:55 (IST)

    A list of the agreements signed between China and India

  • 09:39 (IST)

    Signing ceremony in progress

    The signing of several bilateral agreements is underway right now. Soon after the signing ceremony, the Prime Ministers of both the nations will issue a joint statement. 

    According to the Ministry of External Affairs, a record 24 bilateral agreements have been signed between India and China.

  • 09:34 (IST)

    Restricted level talks between the PMs end

    Restricted level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China PM Li Keqiang ends. The premiers will soon issue a joint statement for the press.

  • 08:48 (IST)

    Modi accorded ceremonial reception, holds talks with Li

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Friday accorded an official ceremonial reception at the Great Hall of People here after which he held one-on-one talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, IANS reports.

    The Prime Minister arrived here on Thursday night on the second leg of his three-day China trip from Xi'an.

    After the official welcome, Modi and Li held restricted talks. Both sides have begun delegation level talks after which the two sides are expected to announce the inking of several agreements, including trade and investment. 

    Li and Modi are scheduled to make media statements too. Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister inspected a guard of honour at the Great Hall of People.

  • 07:32 (IST)

    PM Modi begins Day 2 with ceremonial reception at Great Hall of People

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    Here's what Modi had for dinner in Xi'an

  • 22:47 (IST)

    Modi arrives in Beijing on second leg of three-day China visit

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here tonight on the second leg of his three-day China visit during which he will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang tomorrow on issues of mutual interests including the boundary issue and the trade imbalance.

    He will meet Premier Li on Friday at the Great Hall of the People and they are expected to discuss the boundary issue.

    The talks will also focus on the trade imbalance which is in favour of China to the tune of $38 billion. - PTI

  • 15:51 (IST)

    Concerned about Chinese investments in PoK: India

    India has raised its concerns over huge Chinese investments in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir after President Xi Jinping's trip to Pakistan last month. The information was disclosed by foreign secretary S Jaishankar on Thursday after . 

    "The matter was raised with the Chinese Ambassador here. It was also taken up by our Indian envoy in Beijing," Jaishankar said when asked about China cooperating with Pakistan in developing infrastructure projects in PoK. 

    During his visit to Pakistan, Xi had pledged assistance of USD 46-billion to build a strategic economic corridor through the PoK. -- PTI

  • 14:57 (IST)

    I'm glad to receive you in my hometown, says Xi

    Dressed in a black bandhgala suit, PM Modi said, "This is an honour to 125 crore Indians whom I am representing as Prime Minister." 

    Recalling his visit to Ahmedabad in September last year, President Xi Jinping said, "You received me very warmly in your hometown. I am very glad to receive you in my hometown." Xi was hosted by PM Modi in Ahemdabad in Gujarat.

    Latest reports said the People Liberation Army assured that there will be no aggressive patrolling on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) during PM Narendra Modi's visit to China. 

    Times Now reported that China has offered a five-day truce indicating to the PLA's assurance to Indian Army. Times Now report said that Chinese officials have said that there will be no "eyeball for eyeball confrontation."

  • 14:11 (IST)

    PM Modi to attend banquet at 4.00pm IST

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending a banquet at 4 pm IST and at 5 pm the Prime Minister is expected to leave for Beijing to meet the Chinese Prime Minister.

    Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs tweeted out a series of photos from the marathon meeting between Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

  • 13:36 (IST)

    India and China have many rivalries and some areas of cooperation

    An Associated Press report noted that while India and China are both sprawling nations with similar-sized populations, China is spending $144 billion on its military this year compared to India's $40 billion. 

    Still, India operates two aircraft carriers to China's one, along with conventional and nuclear submarines, latest-generation fighter jets and an array of ballistic and cruise missiles.

    Both China and India possess nuclear weapons. While there have been no armed clashes since 1967, China's support for Pakistan has long been a sore point in relations.

    China's military expansion, which includes the largest naval fleet in Asia and a pair of stealth fighter development programs, is seen as geared mainly toward displacing the US as the dominant power in the Asia-Pacific, as well as securing territorial claims such as Taiwan and the islands of the South China Sea.

    India has grown close to the US on defense issues and wishes to retain its status as the premier force in the Indian Ocean.

  • 13:26 (IST)

    Modi leaves to meet Xi Jinping

    Latest reports said that Narendra Modi is on his way to meet President Xi Jinping Xi'an. A five-hour closed-door meeting expected. Will both the leaders move beyond trade talk and bring up the border issues.

    Modi held restricted delegation level talks with Xi. The two leaders will get to have a one-on-one interaction when Xi takes Modi for a tour of the famous Wild Goose Pagoda, which is one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China.

    China and India are expected to speak about economic infrastructure and stay clear of talking about border issues. Both the countries might discuss about military cooperation.

    India might bring up issues of terrorism and China's growing friendship with Pakistan. Border and military cooperation might also figure in bilateral talks.

  • 12:37 (IST)

    Modi goes to Terracotta Musuem while Indian jouranlists wait outside

    According to a report in The Hindustan Times, Indian reporters and photographers who accompanied Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the ancient city of Xi'an were told to wait outside, while the PM was given a tour of the Terracotta Musuem. 

    The journalists were "rudely" informed by Chinese officials that they did not have required permit to enter the musuem. 

    The interpreter accompanying them said there was "total lack of communication" between the ministry of external affairs(MEA), the Indian embassy and the Chinese officials.

    Meanwhile PM Narendra Modi tweeted a few pictures from his trip: 

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    Deeply impressed, says Modi

    Day one of PM Narendra Modi's visit to China is all about cultural diplomacy. After his visit to the Terracotta Musuem and the Da Xingshan Temple, the Prime Minister went around the town of ancient Xi'an and interacted with the public. 

    The Prime Minister spent about an hour going around the museum. He also enquired about the excavation work being undertaken there. In the visitors book, Modi wrote that he was "deeply impressed" by the extraordinary care with which the museum has been preserved.

    The museum complex houses the 'Terracotta Army' or the 'Terracotta Warriors and Horses', a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin. The museum complex, a UN world heritage site, also houses Qin's mausoleum. 

    The visit to the museum was Modi's first official engagement in Shaanxi province's Xi'an, an ancient city steeped in Chinese and Buddhist culture.

  • 10:18 (IST)

    PM Modi now at Da Xingshan temple in Xi'an

    Latest TV reports telecast footage of PM Modi visiting the ancient temple Da Xingshan in Xi'an. Da Xingshan is the oldest Buddhist temple in China and is also considered as the birthplace of Chinese tantric Buddhism. 

    The temple was built under the Jing dynasty, CNN IBN reports. 

    Meanwhile, this chinese artist's painting shows Indian and Chinese leadership being blessed by Gods.

  • 10:00 (IST)

    PM walking with warriors, says Ministry of External Affairs

    Is the Prime Minister trying to make sure whether the figures in the Terracotta musuem are genuine or not?

    In this candid shot, the PM is seen going really close to one of the statues at the musuem. 

  • 09:56 (IST)

    Modi-Xi together in Xi'an is significant

    NDTV noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's arrival in Xi'an is significant and a departure from protocol by the Chinese government. The first stop for Modi is being seen as a sign of the importance China is attaching to the PM's visit and a reciprocal gesture after President Xi was hosted by Modi in his home state of Gujarat last year.

    Narendra Modi will be accorded a rare "highest-level reception" by President Xi Jinping as the two leaders look to deepen their personal ties, Chinese official media said on Thursday.

    "He will be given the highest-level reception when he arrives on Thursday, with President Xi Jinping accompanying him throughout his stay in Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province. It is very rare for Chinese leaders to accompany foreign guests outside Beijing," the report said, highlighting Modi's Chinese microblog tweet stating "President Xi invited me to visit his hometown."

    Modi will be given formal state reception with guard of honour before his talks with Premier Li Keqiang here on Friday. He is due to arrive in Beijing from Xi'an later on Thursday evening.

    Modi's formal talks with the Chinese leadership will take place on Friday in Beijing, reports said, India and China are expected to sign 20 business deals worth about $10 billion during PM Modi's visit.

  • 09:40 (IST)

    PM Modi's focus to be on economic agenda

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is undertaking his first visit to China as a PM, just concluded his visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors museum which has a large collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.

    He will later visit the famous Buddhist Dashang temple in Shaanxi province, the home province of President Xi, who has restored its old glory by making it the headquarters of his mega Silk Road projects.

    According to this Indian Express report, "a key reason behind Modi’s visit to President Xi's home province — Lao Jia (Old house in Mandarin), as the Chinese proudly say — was that leaders from Shaanxi have become a powerful group in China’s top decision-making bodies."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in China on Thursday morning as a a part of the three-day visit during which he will hold summit talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on a range of issues including the festering border dispute and China’s plans for infrastructure projects in PoK.

Modi, who is undertaking his first visit to China as Prime Minister, would begin his day with a visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors museum which has a large collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The Prime Minister's Office tweeted the latest images of Modi's arrival at the Xi'an airport.

He would later visit the famous Buddhist Dashang temple in Shaanxi province, the home province of President Xi, who has restored its old glory by making it the headquarters of his mega Silk Road projects.

Xi will join Modi in the afternoon and the two leaders would spend nearly about five hours with restricted as well as informal talks to build on their rapport discussing the most contentious issues like border dispute and China’s big push to rope in reluctant India into the Silk Road projects, specially the maritime silk road (MSR) over which India has strong reservations.

 Live: PM Modi addresses students at TSinghua university in Beijing, greets them in Mandarin

PM Narendra Modi writes in the visitor's book at the Terracotta Musuem. Image from @PMOIndia

India has raised with China its concerns over huge Chinese investments in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) following President Xi Jinping’s trip to Pakistan last month.

In Xi’an, Modi will be hosted by Xi, departing from normal protocol to reciprocate gesture by Modi in Ahmedabad when the Chinese leader visited India in September last year.

Xi would accompany him to the famous Wild Goose Pagoda, the magnificent structure built in sixth century to commemorate the visit of a spiritual structure build to highlight famous Chinese Buddhist monk Xuan Zang’s 17-year-long journey.

Modi would also be accorded traditional Tang dynasty welcome followed by a banquet by Xi.

The two countries are set to announce a multi-million joint film production to reconstruct Xuan’s epic journey.

After informal interaction with the Chinese President, Modi will leave for Beijing late in the evening.

He is scheduled to hold talks with Premier Li Keqiang next day and go to Shanghai where he would address a business get-together, inaugurate the first Mahatma Gandhi chair at Fudan University and address the Indian community.

He is being accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and senior officials.

"I am looking forward to the trip to China... the 21st century belongs to Asia," the Prime Minister had told Chinese media ahead of his visit on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister, who spoke in Hindi, hoped that his visit will "further deepen" India-China relations and set a "new milestone" for Asia and developing countries.

"I believe that my trip to China will not only deepen the China-India friendship, but also set a new milestone for the relations between developing countries in Asia as well as around the world. There is no doubt about that," he told state-run CCTV ahead of this visit.

China is the first leg of Modi’s three-nation tour that will also take him to Mongolia and South Korea.


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Updated Date: May 15, 2015 18:58:08 IST