His visit comes in the backdrop of steady improvement of relations between the two countries while streamlining mechanisms to address the vexed border dispute.

Singh is the first Indian Home Minister to visit China in over a decade. Shivraj Patil was the last Home Minister who had visited China in 2005.

During his visit, Singh, the second highest ranking Indian leader after Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit China in May this year, would spend three days in Beijing followed by a three-day stay in Shanghai. Singh's visit closely follows a rare visit by China's topmost military official to India.

Besides issues relating to terrorism, Singh's talks are expected to crystallise security cooperation between the two countries including more effective crackdown by China in limiting arms supplies to militant groups in Northeastern states.

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