"Ge xia, wo hen huanying nin dao yindu lai - I extend a very warm welcome to you in India," Sushma Swaraj greeted the Chinese President.

Earlier on Thursday, Xi was presented a guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

He also visited Rajghat - memorial to Mahatma Gandhi - and laid a wreath.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping would hold talks at Hyderabad House later in the day.

Xi is on a three-day sojourn to India that began from Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

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