LIVE: Formal talks between PM Narendra Modi, President Jinping underway in Xi’an

LIVE: Formal talks between PM Narendra Modi, President Jinping underway in Xi’an

Narendra Modi began his three-day visit to China from Xi'an, the hometown of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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PM Modi in Restricted Talks with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping at Shaanxi Guest House, Xi’an (Courtesy: Twitter/PIB India)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached China on Thursday morning on a three-day visit. He met Chinese President Xi Jinping and has proceeded for talks. A range of issues including the festering border dispute and China’s plans for infrastructure projects in PoK are likely to be discussed.

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[Read: Close Sino-India ties can usher revolutionary changes: Chinese media]

Live Updates on Narendra Modi’s China visit

2:41 pm: The two leaders along with officials from both sides are engaged in formal delegation-level talks right now.

1:14 pm: And the two leaders meet. PM Modi shook hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping and proceeded for talks.

11:53 am: Glad to see enthusiasm among the people of China, tweeted PM Modi.

11:06 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is here seen interacting with people on a street in Xi’an.

9:56 am: Twitter provides a detour to history for PM Modi. He re-tweets a photo of former PM AB Vajpayee when he visited China in 1979.

9:53 am: PM Modi is now visiting the Daxingshan temple in Xi’an.

9:22 am: Meanwhile, the Chinese official media today said that PM Modi will be accorded the ‘highest-level reception’ by President Xi Jinping as the two leaders look to deepen their ties. He will arrive in Beijing later tonight and meet Premier Li Keqiang tomorrow for talks. Modi’s visit to Xi’an, hometown of Xi Jinping, is seen as a reciprocal visit of Jinping’s visit to Gujarat.

[Read: Opinion – To Beijing, Softly]


8:56 am: Here’s another picture of the Prime Minister at the museum.

PM Modi at the Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xi'an, China (Twitter/PMOIndia)
PM Modi at the Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xi’an, China (Twitter/PMOIndia)

8.47 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited 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.

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PM Modi at the Terracotta Warriors museum in Xi’an, China (Courtesy: Twitter/PMOIndia)

08.30 am: PM Modi 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.

Read: Air links, tourism on PM Modi’s China agenda

08.00 am: Prime Minister Modi has begun his visit to China with the city of Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province and also the home province of President Xi Jinping. As Indian Express had reported earlier, “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.”

[Read: Opinion – A closer partnership]

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07.00 am: PM Narendra Modi lands in China. He will be visiting China, Mongolia and South-Korea in this tour.

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