LIVE: PM Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping sign key MoUs
Media Bureau/Kamna Arora
5:00 pm Modi will host a private dinner for Jinping at the Sabarmati Riverfront Park.
4:55 pm The Chinese premier will visit Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati ashram shortly.
4:31 pm The two countries sign pact to set up an industrial park in Gujarat in the presence of the leaders of the two countries.
4:27 pm India and China sign a sister city agreement between Ahmedabad and Guangzhou.
4:25 pm The agreements expected to be inked are likely to be on infrastructure, railways and a sister city agreement between Ahmedabad and China’s Guangdong province.
4:20 pm Modi and Xi will shortly sign the several key agreements between the two countries.
4:02 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping begin talks.
3:45 pm: The two heads of state pose for cameras.
3:44 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hands over bouquet of flowers to the Chinese President and the First Lady of China.
3:40 pm: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in the hotel. Prime Minister Narendra Modi received him.
3:39 pm: The Prime Minister can be seen outside the hotel, waiting for the Chinese leader.
3:13 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Hotel Hyatt in Ahmedabad.
3:12 pm: On the road from the airport to the hotel in Vastrapur area, welcome hoardings in Mandarin, English and Gujarati can be seen.
3:10 pm: The Prime Minister’s cavalcade is, meanwhile, on its way to Hotel Hyatt, where he will receive Chinese President Xi Jinping.
3:07 pm: A guard of honour is being presented to Xi.
3:05 pm: A troupe from the tribal belt of Gujarat presented a folk dance with traditional costumes and a Scottish Pipe Band from Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, Maninagar, Ahmedabad also performed.
3:04 pm: Traditional “chaniya choli” wearing Gujarati women put a kesar-kumkum tilak and offered rice and flowers to Xi.
3:03 pm: Airport sources told a news agency that Xi flew into Ahmedabad in a Boeing 747 aircraft of Air China.
3:02 pm: Chinese President Xi Jinping, along with his wife Peng Liyuan, 51, a well accomplished folk-singer and a household name in China, are being received by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and state Governor OP Kohli. Due to the warm and sunny weather, attractive and decorated umbrellas were held over the first couple of China.
2:51 pm: After signing defence and maritime security cooperation deal with Colombo, Xi Jinping is expected to ink a number of agreements with the Indian PM during his three-day visit.
2:46 pm: Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of Gujarat state, has decked up to receive the Chinese leader.
2:45 pm: This is the first time a foreign dignitary is starting his visit from outside the national capital.
2:43 pm: A red carpet welcome and Gujarati culture and cuisine await the Chinese President during his six-hour visit to the state.
2:40 pm: The much-awaited three-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping begins as his plane has landed in Ahmedabad. His plane is delayed by 20 minutes. Breaking the protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would personally receive the Chinese President.
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