Modi: Deals worth $10 bil­lion

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“It’s ap­par­ent the lead­ers are seek­ing to deepen their per­sonal ties and high­light the two civ­i­liza­tions’ cul­tural links by mak­ing Xi’an the first stop.”

Hu said Xi’an, pre­vi­ously known as Chang’an, was a ma­jor city at the start of the an­cient Silk Road, and the visit is a way for Modi to wel­come China’s “One Belt, One Road Ini­tia­tive”.

Ashok Kan­tha, In­dia’s am­bas­sador to China, said: “Last year, you all saw how Prime Min­is­ter Modi warmly wel­comed Pres­i­dent Xi. This time you will also see Pres­i­dent Xi and Pre­mier Li (Ke­qiang) wel­come Prime Min­is­ter Modi in a spe­cial way.”

Ram Mad­hav, the gen­eral sec­re­tary of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, said: “The great­est im­ped­i­ment in In­dia-China re­la­tions is the trust deficit. By en­gag­ing with each other swiftly, the two lead­ers demon­strated that they are determined to ad­dress and re­duce the trust deficit.

“Man­ag­ing a num­ber of con­tra­dic­tions is the real chal­lenge for the gov­ern­ments. In the given geostrate­gic and geopo­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, en­hanc­ing mu­tual trust and es­tab­lish­ing a strong work­ing re­la­tion­ship at var­i­ous lev­els right up to the top is of ut­most im­por­tance, which the two lead­ers seem to re­al­ize.”

Af­ter Xi’an, Modi trav­els to Bei­jing where Li will host a wel­com­ing cer­e­mony. The two lead­ers will have an of­fi­cial meet­ing and at­tend cul­tural ex­change events.

Modi has pre­pared care­fully for the trip, and opened his Sina Weibo ac­count so he could make con­tact with the peo­ple of China. The In­dian em­bassy said he edited his first post­ing early on the morn­ing of May 4 and asked his staff to trans­late it into Chi­nese. He wrote six pieces over the next five days and at­tracted more than 46,000 fans.

Modi’s three-day visit will also take him to the fi­nan­cial hub of Shang­hai, where he will meet busi­ness lead­ers and mem­bers of the In­dian com­mu­nity.

Kan­tha said the coun­tries are likely to agree on more than 10 projects and sign at least 20 agree­ments on eco­nomic and trade co­op­er­a­tion dur­ing the visit.

Le Yucheng, China’s am­bas­sador to In­dia, said that if the visit goes well, the value of the deals to be signed will ex­ceed $10 bil­lion.

Our blog­ger has seen many for­eign­ers who are “greatly un­happy” in China. Some are do­ing well while oth­ers are not. He has also heard peo­ple from th­ese groups say­ing “neg­a­tive things about this won­der­ful na­tion and its peo­ple”, and he has de­cided to “share some points that he learned” from be­ing in the coun­try for more than four years. Read more about his views on our web­site.

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