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Chinese president Xi Jinping to meet PM Modi on Oct 11-12 in Chennai for second informal summit

The meeting this year is expected to be held in Mamallapuram, a 7th century heritage site located 56 km from Chennai.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2019 12:53 IST
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PM Modi and president Xi had their inaugural informal summit in Wuhan on April 27-28 last year.
PM Modi and president Xi had their inaugural informal summit in Wuhan on April 27-28 last year.(PTI)
         

Chinese president Xi Jinping will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai on Friday for the second informal summit between the two leaders after Wuhan last year.

“The forthcoming Chennai Informal Summit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance and to exchange views on deepening India-China Closer Development Partnership,” the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

PM Modi and president Xi had their inaugural informal summit in China’s Wuhan on April 27-28 last year.

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The meeting this year is expected to be held in Mamallapuram, a 7th century heritage site located 56 km from Tamil Nadu’s capital, Chennai.

President Xi is likely to reach Chennai on October 11 afternoon. Modi and Xi will visit the heritage structures around Mamallapuram which were built by the Pallava dynasty. The leaders will attend a cultural programme which will be followed by dinner at the Shore Temple.

Delegation-level talks will take place and a private lunch is scheduled between PM Modi and Xi Jinping on October 12. The Chinese president is expected to fly out of Chennai on October 12 evening.

Last week, vice minister in China’s foreign ministry and former envoy to India Luo Zhaohui met foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale to discuss preparations for the Chennai summit.

The Modi-Xi meeting comes at a time when bilateral relations have been facing new challenges. The first summit was held after the 73-day stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam in 2017. The second informal summit comes months after China’s strong reaction to India’s decision to revoke special status for Jammu and Kashmir.

In his speech at the UN general assembly last month, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said that no unilateral action should be taken to change the status quo in Kashmir. New Delhi reacted saying the developments in Kashmir were “purely an internal matter” and that it expected other countries to “desist from efforts to change the status quo through the illegal so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir”.

The recent remarks on Kashmir by the Chinese envoy to Pakistan were a latest irritant in relations between India and China. “We are also working for Kashmiris to help them get their fundamental rights and justice. There should be a justified solution to the issue of Kashmir and China will stand by Pakistan for regional peace and stability,” Yao Jing was quoted as saying by the Pakistani media.

Beijing also opposed the creation of a new union territory of Ladakh despite New Delhi saying that the changes had no implications for external borders.

First Published: Oct 09, 2019 09:53 IST

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