Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Ahmedabad
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday on a three-day visit, which is expected to define the relationship between the two neighbours who have had a troubled past.
Mr. Xi, who arrived in Ahmedabad from Sri Lanka, was welcomed by Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli and Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, as well as State Ministers.
The Chinese President is accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan. He is the first high-profile foreign dignitary to begin his India visit from Gujarat. On his arrival, Mr. Xi was accorded a police guard of honour.
Highlighting the importance New Delhi is attaching to Mr. Xi’s visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come to Ahmedabad to receive the Chinese President.
The city has been decked up by the administration to welcome the Chinese President. Tight security has been put in place for the visit.
The visit, for which elaborate security arrangements have been made, will witness signing of three MoUs between China and Gujarat, Mr. Modi’s home State.
Gujarat Police with the help from Central security agencies have made security arrangements.
During his brief stop in Ahmedabad, Mr. Xi along with Mr. Modi will attend a business meet, visit the Sabarmati Ashram and riverfront, where a walk and dinner has been arranged for the President and the delegation accompanying him.
One of the MoUs, to be inked between China Development Bank (CDB) and Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb) of Gujarat government, relates to development of industrial parks in the State.
Another pact will be signed between China’s Guangdong province and Gujarat government. The third MoU will be between Guangzhou and Ahmedabad cities for cultural exchange.
Top industrialists from both the countries will take part in the business meet.
The dinner, to be served in a dome on the Sabarmati riverfront, will consist of only Gujarati delicacies and attended by 22 VVIPs, a government official said.
Mr. Xi will leave for New Delhi late in the evening.