President Pratibha Patil arrived in Beijing on Wednesday on a six-day state visit to China, during which she will meet her Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, inaugurate an Indian-style Buddhist temple and also visit the Shanghai World Expo.
Her special aircraft landed at the Beijing airport around 6 pm Chinese time. Patil was received at the airport by Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue.
Besides Beijing, the Indian president will visit Shanghai and Luoyang. During her visit May 26-May 31, Patil will meet Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing Thursday. The two will discuss a range of bilateral, regional and global issues to invigorate relations between the two countries after a period of strain caused by border tensions.