Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived here Monday evening on a four-day state visit that is set to give fresh impetus to their growing economic and strategic relations.
He was received at the airport by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The last Chinese president to visit India was Jiang Zemin in 1996.
Hu will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday on a broad range of bilateral and global issues, including the decades-old border row, the proposed free trade area between the world's two fastest growing economies and global issues like the UN reforms.
India and China will sign 10 agreements in diverse areas, including trade, education and health and add "more substance" to their strategic partnership in the context of a new evolving global order.