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PM Modi looks forward to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Ahmedabad; confident of strengthening India-China ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, Gujarat, is preparing to become sister province of one of China’s most developed Guangdong province and its capital Guangzhou the sister city of Ahmedabad, after a formal MOU  during Chinese President’s India visit.MOUs are expected to be signed during Xi Jinping’s visit to Ahmedabad on September 17, coinciding with Modi’s 64th birthday.

Guangdong is China’s richest province posting the highest GDP growth compared to all Chinese provinces, since 1989.With a population of over 100 million, Guangdong raked in a GDP of USD 1.5 trillion last year with per capita income of over USD 9,500.

Gujarat is one of India’s richest and most developed states. The agreements could leverage a lot of direct investment opportunities facilitating direct interaction between the two.Similarly, the sister city agreements between Guangzhou and Ahmedabad may enable both provincial capital cities to

to explore direct investment opportunities and joint development programmes besides cultural interaction, officials told.It’s likely to be something similar to the pact signed between Japanese city Kyoto and Modi’s constituency Varanasi during his recent visit to Japan.

The agreements were expected to be signed at a ceremony on the banks of Sabarmati river and would be attended by both Xi and Modi.