Chinese Premier Li embarks on 4-nation tour

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang left Beijing on Sunday for a four-nation tour that will take him to India, Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

Li is expected to arrive in New Delhi late Sunday afternoon and will meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the evening.

According to the Chinese government, Li's choice of India for his first trip abroad since taking office in March shows Beijing's determination to strengthen relations with New Delhi.

On Wednesday, the Chinese premier will head to Pakistan, where he is scheduled to discuss the development of the strategic Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea, which China has been managing since February.

Li will wrap up his four-nation tour in Europe, meeting with Swiss President Ueli Maurer in Bern and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin for discussions on bilateral economic and trade cooperation.