Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to arrive in India today

Last Updated: Sun, May 19, 2013 04:40 hrs

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will arrive here today on a three-day state visit.

The visit is expected to expand cooperation between the two countries substantially.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said New Delhi is highly hopeful that the visit will enhance mutual trust and understanding between the people and leadership on sensitivities of two countries.

Briefing media here yesterday, Akbaruddin said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is hosting a dinner in honour of Li Kequiang arriving in New Delhi on Sunday afternoon.

During the visit, both leaders are expected to discuss the entire gamut of India-China relations.

On May 20, the Chinese leader will be given a ceremonial welcome in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan before going to Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Delegations of the two countries will hold talks at Hyderabad House that will likely include border and trade discussions as well as talks on their respective roles in Afghanistan after the draw down of U.S. troops in 2014.

Premier Li will also call on Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj .

On Tuesday, Li will address a meeting hosted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Indian Council of World Affairs, before calling on President Pranab Mukherjee.

The Chinese delegation, including Premier Li, will then travel to Mumbai to visit the headquarters of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. The Chinese leader will also meet relatives of Dwarkanath Kotnis, an Indian doctor who treated Chinese soldiers during the Sino-Japan War of 1938. (ANI)

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