'Hometown diplomacy' between Chinese and foreign leaders

Updated: 2015-10-30 09:13

By Yan Dongjie(chinadaily.com.cn)

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'Hometown diplomacy' between Chinese and foreign leaders

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) rotates a spinning wheel that was once used by Mahatma Gandhi as he visits Gandhi's former residence along with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) in Gujarat, India, Sept 17, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

Hometown: Gujarat State

Chinese leader invited: President Xi Jinping

Wearing a traditional Indian vest presented by Modi, Xi visited Modi's home state of Gujarat in September 2014.

Xi said he was very delighted to come to Modi's home state as soon as he landed on Indian soil. Both leaders called for advancing bilateral ties "step by step" and "inch by inch" in their second meeting in about two months.

It was Xi's first trip to India since he took office in March 2013, and also the first state visit in eight years by a Chinese president to the country.