Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

PM Modi-Xi discuss Wuhan's historical past

By Naveen Kapoor (ANI) | Updated: Apr 27, 2018 14:55 IST

Wuhan [China], April 27 (ANI): In his one-on-one meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping drew a parallel between the Indus and Chinese civilizations, both of which sprawled around rivers.

Prime Minister Modi said, "Both of our civilisations developed besides the rivers. There are several rivers in the nation. If We talk about the Mohenjo Daro and Harappa civilisations in India the entire development used to take place around them."

Acknowledging Prime Minister Modi's first visit to Wuhan after holding the post, President Xi said, "We also understand that you are interested in Eastern and Western China. Wuhan is located in Central China that is why we are meeting here."

President Xi further pointed out that Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei province, has emerged as a transportation hub and a key industrial base.

Prime Minister Modi praised the speed and magnanimity at which China has developed itself as a nation. He highlighted his previous visit to the Hubei province in China as Gujarat's Chief Minister.

"When I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, I had the opportunity to visit this province. I had heard a lot about the Three Gorges Dam. The speed at which you constructed it and the scale inspired me. So I came on a study tour, spent a day at the dam."

The two leaders are now scheduled to hold informal summit talks at East Lake guesthouse followed by a boat ride.

The two-day visit by Prime Minister Modi to China is touted as an informal meeting between the leaders of the two Asian giants. (ANI)

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