| GEO World|
| Indian president begins visit to China|
| Updated at: 1002 PST, Thursday, May 27, 2010|
BEIJING: Indian President Pratibha Patil will seek to soothe trade disputes and recent border tensions in meetings with Chinese leaders in Beijing.
Patil is the first Indian head of state in a decade to visit her country's giant neighbor, an illustration of how ties remain cool almost 50 years after the countries fought a brief but bloody border war.
Patil was scheduled Thursday to meet with Premier Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao before attending a signing ceremony for a number of bilateral agreements. Her six-day visit will also take her to the India pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai and to the central city of Luoyang, where she will attend a temple ceremony commemorating the arrival of Buddhism from India 2,000 years ago.