Xi to give Modi a hometown welcome
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin his first trip to China since taking office a year ago by visiting the temple where Buddhist monk Xuanzang translated scriptures after an epic 17-year journey to India.
He will be given the highestlevel reception when he arrives on Thursday, with President Xi Jinping accompanying 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.
“President Xi invited me to visit his hometown,” Modi told his micro-blog followers on Sina Weibo.
Xi’s family is from Shaanxi province, and when he visited India in September the trip began with Modi greeting the Chinese president in his home state, Gujarat.
“I expect to visit the famous historic city closely related to Xuanzang,” Modi wrote.