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14/05/2015 11:28 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

PHOTOS: Modi's First Day In China Included 'Substantive' Talks, And A Cultural Exchange

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XIAN, CHINA - MAY 14: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a meeting on May 14, 2015 in Xian, Shaanxi province, China. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon - Pool/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first day in China was eventful. While it started with a grand traditional welcome for him, Modi went on to visit several cultural institutions in Xi'an, and gave and received some beautiful presents.

He had "substantive" talks with the Chinese President Xi Jinping, discussing the boundary issue between the two nations. Interestingly, Jinping set aside protocol by receiving Modi — a foreign dignitary — outside Beijing, mirroring a similar move by Modi in September last year when he welcomed the Chinese President in Ahmedabad.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told journalists today that the leaders discussed issues like terrorism, UNSC reforms and India's membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

"On the political side, there was a lot of discussion on strengthening trust and increasing convergence," he said while briefing media on the 90-minute delegation-level talks.

The also talked about trade deficit and ways to address it (currently it is in favour of China) as well as on the investment climate and challenges of reforms, Jaishankar said.

The talks were preceded (and followed) by discussions on India and China's shared cultural history, as well as visits to the Terracota Warriors Museum, Da Xing Shah Temple, and a stunning cultural programme in the evening.

Modi also interacted with some locals, commenting on their enthusiasm and positivity.

(with PTI inputs)

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