Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in China early on Thursday morning on a three-day visit.
His first stop is the ancient city of Xian, also the hometown of President Xi Jinping.
PM Modi’s arrival in Xian is a departure from protocol by the Chinese government. It is being seen as a sign of the importance China is attaching to this visit and a reciprocal gesture after President Xi was hosted by the Indian Prime Minister in his home state of Gujarat last year.
President Xi will accompany 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 Prime Minister will hold summit level talks with President Xi this afternoon. Modi’s formal talks with the Chinese leadership will take place on Friday in Beijing. India and China are expected to sign 20 business deals worth about $10 billion during PM Modi’s visit.