'With Much at Stake, Chinese Leader Visits India', reads The New York Time's headline. China's powerful economy mught help Modi to strengthen Indian economy and create jobs as he had promised during the election campaign, observes the daily. Similarly, China has interests too. "China needs calm on its southwestern border to offset tense relationships with Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines and the United States", writes the daily.
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The NYT also quotes the editorial of a Chinese daily 'Global Times', which says that Indian support was essential for China because three-quarters of China's imported oil passes through the Indian Ocean.
A BBC article says that Xi's visit is a chance for both the countries to settle the long-standing tensions between them. "The Chinese leader's visit is also being billed as a chance to reset often troubled relations between the world's two most populous countries, who disagree over the demarcation of several Himalayan border areas and fought a brief war in 1962", it says.
AN AFP report says that despite his hardline nationalist reputation, Modi was eager to engage with China for he wanted to resolve India's economy crisis. "Experts said China would seek to allay Indian concerns over the widening deficit as it tried to cement its relationship with its western neighbour at a time of heightened tensions with Japan and several Southeast Asian nations over disputed sea territory", the article says.