Xian (China), May 14: Prime minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Xian, the capital of Shaanxi province and the hometown of Xi, on Thursday. It is very rare for Chinese leaders to accompany foreign leaders outside Beijing. [Will ‘rockstar PM' be able to score same as he did on Weibo?]
China skipped protocol as it accorded "highest-level reception" to Prime Minister Modi in Xian where the Chinese president accompanied him throughout the day. [Modi in China: How Chinese media reacted]
Modi will be hosted at a banquet by the Chinese president on Thursday evening before the former flies to Beijing to hold formal talks with Chinese Premier Le Keqiang and other leaders on Friday. [Will India allow full Chinese entry for high-speed trains?]
Trade, border dispute and China's plans for infrastructure projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir are set to come up during Modi's visit to the neighbouring country.
The two sides are expected to sign 20 business deals worth $10 billion during Modi's visit. The Indian prime minister will meet Indian and Chinese CEOs and address the industry captains in Shanghai on Saturday.