China’s red carpet treatment floors Modi
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi carried visiting cards printed in the Chinese language and in red (communist colour) when he visited China last week to promote "Brand Gujarat".delhi Updated: Nov 14, 2011 01:11 IST
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi carried visiting cards printed in the Chinese language and in red (communist colour) when he visited China last week to promote "Brand Gujarat".
It was Modi's fourth visit to the communist country and third as chief minister.
Modi's take is that "they (Chinese) have three important qualities - scale, speed and skill. I am very impressed by their triple 'S' formula".
But this time, his "Look East" policy saw Beijing according him "unprecedented importance and highest level of protocol" last week, officials said.
Modi, who returned on Saturday, was received at the Great Hall of People, where normally heads of state or national government are received.
Gujarat officials took with them hundreds of booklets and even a film on the state's success story in Chinese.
Modi was allowed to use the Indian embassy vehicle right from the airport tarmac and traffic was stopped at many places to let his convoy pass in all the cities he visited.
A top aide of Modi said in various meetings and banquets it was obvious that the top leadership of China was keen to have dialogue with the CM and try to "understand" his ideas and future role in Indian politics.
An official said, "In China, all meetings and protocol are decided by the top Communist Party of China (CPC) leadership. For the first time, they organised meetings of the chief minister of a state with their top leadership and that too at the Great Hall of People."
Modi had a meeting with Wang Gang, vice-chairman of the China People's Political Consultative Conference and a member of the politburo of the CPC.
Modi raised the issue of prolonged detention of 22 Indians (Gujaratis) in Chinese jail, maps of the Chinese authorities showing Arunachal Pradesh as part of China, and the presence of Chinese people in Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which has security implications for India.