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Friday, Nov 22, 2019

Wuhan Summit highlights: Narendra Modi invites Xi Jinping to India for informal summit in 2019

Narendra Modi is meeting Xi Jinping in China’s Wuhan city, where the two are expected to discuss matters of global, regional and bilateral importance. Here are the live updates

india Updated: Apr 28, 2018 13:16 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times, Wuhan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping visit an exhibition at Hubei Provincial museum in Wuhan, China, on April 27.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping visit an exhibition at Hubei Provincial museum in Wuhan, China, on April 27.(REUTERS)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday discussed ways to cement their bilateral relationship as they opened a two-day informal “one of its kind” summit in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. PM said that people of India are proud that Chinese President Xi has gone out of his way to receive him twice out of the capital city of Beijing.

The one-on-one conversations— at Mao vila, chairman Mao Zedong’s private home on the banks of the East Lake— will focus on global, regional and bilateral issues.

Ahead of his departure, Modi told the media his meeting Xi Jinping will “review the developments in India-China relations from a strategic and long-term perspective”.

Follow the live updates here:

9.33 pm:

9.30 pm: PM Modi tweets, “Our talks were extensive and fruitful. We deliberated on stronger India-China relations as well as other global issues.”

9.05 pm:

7.45 pm: President Xi Jinping showed warm gesture after dinner as he came to see PM Modi off, says ANI quoting sources.

7.40 pm: PM Narendra Modi presented President Xi Jinping reprints of two paintings done by celebrated Chinese painter Xu Beihong (1895-1953) during his stay at Santiniketan during 1939- 40: Sources.

7.35 pm: Delegation level meeting between PM Modi and President Xi Jinping was supposed to be for 30 minutes, but it went on for more than 2 hours, says ANI quoting sources.

6.30: A clip of the meeting between Narendra Modi and Xi Xinping in Wuhan.

5.20 pm: “I look forward to in-depth communication with your excellency, and ensure we can build common understanding and help to take the China-India relationship to the next level,” says Chinese President Xi Jinping.

5.15 pm: “In the past five years, we have achieved a lot. We have met each other on many occasions,” says Xi Jinping.

“Our two countries have established closer partnership and cooperation. We have made positive progress. India and China have a combined population of 2.6 billion which provides enormous potential for development. The influence of our two countries is steadily rising in the region and the world,” says Xi.

5:13 pm:

5.00 pm: Conducting great cooperation by our two great countries can generate worldwide influence,” says President Xi Jinping, quotes China’s state broadcaster CCTV.

4:30 pm: Home minister Rajnath Singh says, “It is not just China, we want to be friendly with every neighbouring country. Our PM has been doing everything he can so that our relationship with neighbours become better.”

4.17 pm: Modi invites Xi to attend another “informal summit” in India in 2019. “I’ll be happy, if in 2019, we can have such informal summit in India,” says PM Modi.

4:05 pm:

4.02 pm: “The people of India feel really proud that I’m maybe the first Prime Minister of India, for whom, you (Chinese President) have come out of the capital twice to receive me,” says Prime Minister Narendra Modi during delegation level talks in Wuhan.

3.57 pm: I hope such informal summits becomes a tradition between both the countries. I’ll be happy, if in 2019, we can have such informal summit in India, says PM Modi in Wuhan.

3:55 pm: We(India-China) have the responsibility to work for 40% of the world population, this means trying to successfully get the world rid of many problems. To work together towards this is a big opportunity for us, says PM Modi.

3:45pm: “This is possibly for the first time that you have met a country’s leader twice outside the capital, Beijing. This is a sign of the importance that you accord to India as a country,” PM Modi tells President Xi Jinping at a delegation-level talk.

3:38pm: Delegation level talks begin in Hubei.

3:20pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping visit an exhibition of Marquis Yi of Zeng Cultural Relics & Treasure (Hubei Provincial Museum).

2:10pm: Culture of both India and China is based along the river banks; if we talk about Mohenjo Daro and Harappa civilizations in India, all the development happened along river banks, says PM Modi according to ANI.

1:58pm: Modi recounts his first visit to the province. “When I was the CM of Gujarat, I had the opportunity to visit this province. I had heard a lot about the Three Gorges Dam. The speed with which you constructed it and the scale inspired me. So I came on a study tour, spent a day at the dam,” the Prime Minister tells President Xi at the meeting in Hubei Provincial Museum, reports ANI.

1:13pm: Modi and Xi sit down for one-on-one meeting at the museum.

1:10pm: Dancers in colourful traditional costumes perform as a live band plays at the Hubei Provincial Museum.

1:05pm: Prime Minister Modi is welcomed by a cultural programme at the museum.

1pm: Modi meets Chinese president at Hubei Provincial Museum.

9am: Heavy security in Wuhan around PM Modi’s hotel and East Lake. Mao’s villa has been closed to tourists.

8:21am: The leaders will also take a boat ride and a walk by the East Lake, China’s second biggest urban lake.

8:20am: Modi’s schedule for the day also includes a private lunch hosted by president Xi at the East Lake villa, chairman Mao Zendong’s private villa.

7:50pm: PM Modi will meet president Xi at the museum and is expected to spend an hour touring it.

7:30am: The informal talks between the two leaders will begin at the Hubei Provincial Museum at 3:30pm local time (1pm IST) in Wuhan, reports to ANI.