PM Narendra Modi begins key China visit

narendraPrime Minister Narendra Modi has begun a 3-day visit to China as the two countries seek to boost economic cooperation.

Mr Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Xian, capital of Mr Xi’s home province of Shaanxi, and will later travel to Beijing and Shanghai. Mr Xi, who like most Chinese leaders seldom hosts foreign dignitaries outside the capital, issued the invitation while visiting Mr Modi’s home town in Gujarat state last year.

With the relations between the two countries still strained over a long-running border dispute, the two leaders of the world’s most populous nations are expected to sign deals worth billions of dollars. Deals on the table include Chinese trains and nuclear power plants to India and pharmaceuticals and IT services from India to China. Mr Modi will also seek Chinese investment in Indian infrastructure.

China is India’s biggest trading partner but figures show that India’s trade deficit with China has spiralled to over $38 billion in 2014.