In this file photograph taken on September 18, 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in New Delhi. AFP PHOTO / RAVEENDRAN / FILES
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take his global investment push to China this week, as Asia's rival superpowers look to put aside a festering border dispute and identify areas of economic cooperation.Modi will fly out for his first visit as premier to China before heading to South Korea where he will also seek help to upgrade India's creaking infrastructure. Ties between China and India have long been strained over the border dispute and Beijing's recent push to forge closer ties with countries in India's backyard has caused some alarm in New Delhi.During Xi's visit to India last September -- the first visit by a Chinese president in eight years -- the two men spoke of their desire to place cooperation above competition and ensure "tranquility" along their border.China is India's biggest trading partner with two-way commerce totalling $71 billion in 2014 . But India's trade deficit with China has soared from just $1 billion in 2001-02 to more than $38 billion last year, Indian figures show.
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