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Modi and the Terracotta Army

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 00:55

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Xi'an, China, and tours the famous Terracotta Army collection. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Xi'an, China Thursday for the start of a three-nation tour that also will take him to Mongolia and South Korea. In Xi'an, Modi visited the famous Terracotta Army or the "Terracotta Warriors and Horses," a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. Modi was accompanied by Chinese and Indian officials as he explored the site. Dating from around 210 BC, the Terracotta Army was crafted during the reign of the Qin Emperor who ordered the life-size figures to be buried in tombs around his own in Shaanxi province's Lintong county, near Xi'an. The army was created to help the emperor rule in the afterlife. Chinese records state that the site was discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well. The warriors are housed in the emperor's mausoleum, a UNESCO world heritage site. An entire necropolis built for the emperor was found surrounding the tomb mound. The tomb itself remains sealed. Modi will later be given a traditional welcome by the Dang Dynasty in Shaanxi. Modi was also to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Xi'an, in an unusual departure from normal protocol. Top Chinese leaders almost never travel outside Beijing to meet senior foreign guests on bilateral visits. Xi'an is located in Xi's home province of Shaanxi. The list of problems both countries face is considerable, ranging from a festering border dispute to China's support for India's arch-rival Pakistan. Mistrust runs deep, something Xi will be keenly aware of despite the bonhomie and billions of dollars in deals likely to be signed. Modi will visit Mongolia on May 17, the first ever Indian prime minister to visit the country. He will reach South Korea on May 18.

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Modi and the Terracotta Army

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 00:55