"Our country is rapidly urbanising, so our Prime Minister has unveiled his vision of making smart cities. India's most urbanised state, Maharashtra has much to contribute to it and thus would welcome Chinese expertise and investment in this sector," Fadnavis added.

The Chief Minister, who spoke about strengthening ties between Maharashtra and Chinese provinces at the 'Forum of Leaders of Regions of India and China', in a series of tweets, thanked Premier Li and Modi "for making province to province connect a reality," adding "he looks forward to stronger partnerships."

"I would look forward to more Chinese investments in Maharashtra in future," Fadnavis cited. Mumbai would welcome investments from Shanghai in some of the iconic projects like waterfront development, high speed trains, metro etc, he urged.

"I am particularly happy to announce the sister city agreement being signed on Friday between Aurangabad and Dun Huang," he added.

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