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Modi, who is undertaking his first visit to China as Prime Minister, will reach the ancient city of Xi'an, the home town of President Xi Jinping, for a summit meeting, an unusual departure from normal protocol and seen as a reciprocal gesture by the Chinese leader who was hosted by Modi in Ahmedabad when he visited India in September last year.
The Prime Minister, who is accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and senior officials, hoped that his visit will "further deepen" India-China relations and set a "new milestone" for Asia and developing countries.
"I believe that my trip to China will not only deepen the China-India friendship, but also set a new milestone for the relations between developing countries in Asia as well as around the world. There is no doubt about that," he told state-run CCTV ahead of this visit.
"I look forward to working out a roadmap for qualitatively upgrading our economic relations and seek
greater Chinese participation in India's economic growth, especially in transforming India's manufacturing sector and infrastructure," he added.
The Prime Minister said he believes the relationship between India and China can be one of the most important relationships of the century.
He said India and China have made great progress in bilateral relations in recent years and managed their differences with patience and maturity.
Faced with irritants like the boundary issue and China's plans for infrastructure projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Modi will have a tough task as he meets the Chinese leadership.
Modi noted that he had met President Xi three times during the last one year and held extensive talks on a wide range of issues.
Soon after reaching China, PM Modi visited Terracotta Warriors Museum and gave a look to the exhibits there.
Must Read: Facts you should know about PM Modi's China visit
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