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President Mukherjee to visit China from May 24

President Mukherjee to visit China from May 24

BEIJING: President Pranab Mukherjee will visit China from May 24 to 27 during which he will hold talks with the top Chinese leadership, the foreign ministry here said on Wednesday, announcing the first trip to the country by an Indian Head of State in six years.

Mukherjee will be visiting China at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping, the Chinese foreign ministry said.

Mukherjee will arrive in the highly industrialized Chinese city Guangzhou on May 24. The city has strong business links with India.

Besides interacting with the Indian community, which has over 3,000 businessmen, Mukherjee will also address India- China Business Forum to highlight the investment opportunities in India.

Top Chinese officials of the province are expected to attend the event. A number of Indian and Chinese businessmen are also expected to take part in the event, official sources said.

Later, he will arrive in Beijing on May 25 and attend a reception hosted by The Chinese People’s Friendship Association for Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).

On May 26, he will address a meeting at the Peking University and later hold talks with Xi and also meet Premier Li Keqiang along with other Chinese leaders before leaving for home on May 27.