Xi Jinping arrives in Ahmedabad
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived today on his maiden visit to India, an event that is being closely watched not only in the neighbourhood around but much beyond.
Xi’s plane landed in Ahmedabad at 1430 hrs at SVP international airport from where he drove straight to hotel Hyatt, where he would be received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi, in a special gesture, has reached Ahmedabad to personally receive Xi, the most powerful Chinese leader, whose agenda agenda and style of functioning resembles Modi’s in may ways, with his emphasis on zero tolerance towards corruption, firmness of decisions and a strong foreign policy.
Xi, elected President on March 14 2013, is also the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, posts that make his power unquestionable.
Modi owes his powers to the massive mandate that he got in the general elections in the world’s largest democracy.
Though this is the second meeting between Modi and Xi as they had a bilateral meeting on the margins of the BRICS Summit in Brazil in July, this would be first meeting in which the Chinese President Would be received as state guest by the Prime Minister in his own territory.
The meeting of the two powerful leaders is likely to result in substantive outcomes in the fields of trade, investment, and many other areas besides some headway in the resolution of their boundary issue.
Around two dozen agreements are expected to be signed between the two countries, some in Ahmedabad relating to the region.