Xi arrives in India for informal meeting with Modi

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2019

"President Xi said he was looking forward to working with PM Modi on all issues", said Gokhale.

At the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the southern Indian city of Chennai on Friday afternoon for the second informal meeting with Modi.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves to local people upon his arrival in Chennai, India on October 11, 2019.

Xi recalled his successful meeting with Modi in Wuhan past year, which brought China-India relations into a new stage, and said that he is delighted to come to Tamil Nadu in southern India to further learn about the country. Modi hosted a private dinner for Xi at the temple complex after their talks.

They are scheduled to meet at the Tanjo Hall at the resort for the second round of their informal talks, taking forward the Wuhan spirit forged during the first such meeting between the two in the Chinese city in April previous year.

"I don't think either India or China has this kind of mechanism with any other leader in the world for the leaders to meet informally and to speak and discuss without a set agenda", he said.

In their first informal meeting past year, the two leaders reached the consensus that the differences between the two countries should not be allowed to turn into disputes. "Let us also ensure we remain fit and healthy". The two countries' ancestors have overcome various obstacles to carry out extensive exchanges and promote the development of literature, art, philosophy and religion, which have greatly benefited both sides, Xi said.

On Thursday, the Congress said why does Prime Minister Modi not say that India is watching the muzzling of pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong when Xi says he is watching Kashmir.

"The two leaders said that these are large countries and that radicalisation is a matter of concern to both and that both would work together so that radicalisation and terrorism did not affect our multicultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious societies", Mr Gokhale said. The bank, headquartered in Shanghai, is now headed by Kundapur Vaman Kamath, former chairman of ICICI Bank, India's largest private sector bank. "You should settle the Dokalam issue with China", he said.

"The free flowing nature of the Informal summit at the UNESCO World Heritage site will continue and deepen contacts at the highest level and guide the future trajectory of India-China relationship", said Raveesh Kumar, Foreign Ministry spokesperson, who was also present during the briefing.

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