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PM Modi Holds Informal Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping

PM Modi Holds Informal Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping

On Friday evening and Saturday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held the second Informal Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping after the one in Wuhan in 2018. Both the leaders held “open and cordial” one-on-one talks for two and a half hours on Friday and concluded it today morning in Mahabalipuram (or Mamallapuram). Soon, they would be holding delegation-level talks along with top officials at the Tango hall.

During the informal Indo-China summit, the issues related to enhancing trade and cooperation along the border and furthering counter-terror cooperation were likely on the agenda as per sources. Both the sides ould issue separate statements on the outcomes of the two-day informal summit between the leaders.

Earlier on Friday, both the leaders first arrived at Chennai airport in Tamil Nadu and then headed to Mahabalipuram. For the bilateral meeting, PM Modi chose to wear the traditional Tamil attire of a half-sleeved white shirt, an ‘angavastram’ (upper cloth), and white ‘veshti’ (dhoti). On the sidelines, the two leaders visited several tourist spots in the coastal town of Mamallapuram.

PM Modi said that he was delighted to spend time with Prez Xi at Mamallapuram, a UNESCO heritage site. He tweeted-

“Mamallapuram is one of the most beautiful places in India, full of vibrancy. It is linked to commerce, spirituality and is now a popular tourism centre.

I am delighted that President Xi Jinping and I are spending time in this scenic place, which is also a @UNESCO heritage site.”

Also, PM Modi and Prez Xi visited the Arjuna’s Penance and shared pictures on his Twitter handle-

“Arjuna’s Penance is one of the grandest places to see in Mamallapuram. It brings to life aspects of the Mahabharata.

Arjuna’s Penance also showcases the best of Pallava Art, especially the depiction of nature and animals.”

Then, sharing pictures of their visit to the Pancha Rathas, the PM tweeted-

“President Xi Jinping and I saw the marvellous Pancha Rathas.

The five Rathas are examples of monolith rock-cut architecture. The Rathas in this monument include the Dharmaraja Ratha, Bhima Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, Nakula Sahadeva Ratha and Draupadi Ratha.”

Later, both the leaders went to the Shore temple with PM Modi sharing its pictures.

“Overlooking the Bay of Bengal is the majestic Shore Temple.

One of the most iconic landmarks, the Shore Temple exemplifies the greatness and grandness of Indian culture.

Here are some pictures…”

Today morning, PM Modi took a walk along the coast of Mamallapuram. He tweeted-

“Refreshing walk and exercises in Mamallapuram, along the scenic coast.”

Also, at the beach, he engaged in the plogging activity for about half an hour. He wrote in a tweet-

“Plogging at a beach in Mamallapuram this morning. It lasted for over 30 minutes.

Also handed over my ‘collection’ to Jeyaraj, who is a part of the hotel staff.

Let us ensure our public places are clean and tidy!

Let us also ensure we remain fit and healthy.”

PM in Chennai, Will Attend Informal Summit with Chinese Prez Xi Jinping

PM in Chennai, Will Attend Informal Summit with Chinese Prez Xi Jinping

A few hours ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived in Chennai for a two-day Informal Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the coastal town of Mahabalipuram (or Mamallapuram), which is nearly 50 km away from the city. Soon after, PM Modi headed to Mamallapuram by road and has reached a hotel, where he would be staying for two days.

PM Modi came by a special flight from Delhi and Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami, and other officials of the state govt came to receive him at the airport. He was honored with flowers and Madrasi silk stoles upon his arrival.

After landing in Chennai, PM Modi shared images of his grand welcome and tweeted-

“Landed in Chennai.

I am happy to be in the great land of Tamil Nadu, known for its wonderful culture and hospitality.

It is gladdening that Tamil Nadu will host President Xi Jinping. May this Informal Summit further strengthen ties between India and China.”

The PM also tweeted in Chinese and Tamil. He wished that this Informal India-China Summit would help in strengthening bilateral ties. This is the second informal summit between the two high-profile leaders. Wuhan, the Chinese city, hosted the first informal summit last year.

Later, when Prez Xi arrived at the Indian airport, PM Modi welcomed him to India and tweeted-

“Welcome to India, President Xi Jinping!”

The state and the central government agencies have made efforts to decorate the coastal town of Mahabalipuram, which has had a strong historical connection with China’s Fujian province. Both world leaders will hold a meeting at the 7th-century Shore Temple complex and are likely to speak about several issues, including the new and updated Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) along the border and trade.

According to the sources, PM Modi is expected to discuss the recent developments in J&K only if Prez Xi raises the topic. He may communicate the reasons and nuances behind Delhi’s decision, asserting that Beijing needs to be “sensitive” towards the core concerns of India.

Also, PM Modi and Prez Xi may discuss the terrorism issue. It is vital as the Financial Action Task Force, under China’s presidency, is scheduled to meet during October 13-18 and discuss the issue of Pakistan’s blacklisting. Further, the sources said that India would expect China to regard the case “objectively.”