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Narendra Modi Xi Jinping Meet highlights: PM Modi gifts President Xi Jinping Annam lamp and Thanjavur painting

Modi-Xi Meet highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold a two-day informal summit at Tamil Nadu’s Mahabalipuram starting today.

By HT Correspondent | Oct 11, 2019 23:02 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Chinese President Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram today around 5 PM. After landing in Chennai , President Xi headed to Mamallapuram, 50 km away, amid tight security by road to hold the second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chinese President Xi Jinping is being accompanied by a 100-member strong delegation, including Foreign Minister Wang Yi and State Councillor Yang Jiechi.

PM Modi and Chinese President Xi will be accompanied by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Politburo members will accompany the Chinese leader.

No Memoranda of Understanding or agreements will be signed as it will be an informal summit looking to forge a cooperative partnership between the two countries.

Highlights:

10:26 PM IST

Delighted that President Xi Jinping and I are spending time in this scenic place: PM Modi

Before calling it a day, PM Modi tweeted about his time spent with President Xi Jinping at the informal summit today. PM Modi said, “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.

10:08 PM IST

PM Modi, Xi Jinping leave Shore Temple

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have left the shore temple after attending a cultural program at the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram.

9:18 PM IST

Modi’s gifts for Chinese President - Annam lamp, Thanjavur painting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will gift Nachiarkoil, a six-feet Annam lamp richly coated with gold and a three-feet high Thanjavur painting of dancing Saraswathi to Chinese President Xi Jinping at the second informal summit between the two leaders here. The gifts reflect the tradition and culture of Tamil Nadu where the summit is being held.

8:16 PM IST

Modi-Xi meet: Tamil song at cultural event invokes peace, Mahatma Gandhi

A Tamil song hailing peace and Mahatma Gandhi was sung to the accompaniment of traditional dance at a cultural event here as part of the ongoing India China meet and it is seen as a hint to the government’s stand that it stood for peace: PTI

7:08 PM IST

India says Swagatam to President Xi Jinping!: PM Modi tweets

 

6:52 PM IST

PM Modi, President Xi attend cultural programme at the Shore temple

 

6:30 PM IST

PM Modi, Xi visit sea-facing Shore Temple during informal summit

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping are attending a cultural performance by Kalakshetra at Mamallapuram’s Shore Temple.

6:06 PM IST

Bonhomie on display; PM Modi, Xi enjoy coconut water at Panch Rathas complex

Surrounded by history, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday enjoyed fresh coconut water while catching their breaths at the magnificent Panch Rathas complex in the coastal city of Mamallapuram. The leaders had previously taken a tour of the iconic relief structure Arjuna’s Penance, an intricately carved ancient sculpture dating back to the Pallava dynasty and Krishna’s Butter Ball - a big round boulder perched on a slope.

6:01 PM IST

PM Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping at Panch Rathas in Mamallapuram

 

5:36 PM IST

PM Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping visit Panch Rathas in Mamallapuram

 

5:14 PM IST

PM Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping tour Arjuna’s Penance in Mamallapuram

 

5:05 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mamallapuram

 

4:53 PM IST

Xi Jinping accompanied by 100-member strong team

Chinese President Xi Jinping is being accompanied by a 100-member strong delegation, including Foreign Minister Wang Yi and State Councillor Yang Jiechi, for the two-day informal talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mahabalipuram starting Friday.

3:30 PM IST

Grand traditional reception marks Xi’s arrival in Chennai

Along with being accorded a red carpet welcome, Xi was also accorded the traditional “Poorna Kumbh” reception, a traditional reception involving holy water kept in a vessel with five attached mango laeves placed in it, and holy water is alos sprinkled on the guest.

3:00 PM IST

Chinese President Xi Jinping heads to ITC Grand Chola hotel

Chinese President Xi Jinping is now on his way to ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Chennai.

 

2:45 PM IST

Rasam, sambar and halwa: Xi Jinping to relish taste of India

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has arrived in India to kick start an informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mamallapuram, will be served with south Indian cuisine tonight. At a special dinner hosted by Prime Minister Modi in honour of the Chinese President in Mamallapuram this evening, a variety of Indian culinary delights will be on display.

2:30 PM IST

Kalakshetra students to perform at Mamallapuram

A cultural programme will be held on Friday evening by students of famed dance group Kalakshetra in the honour of Chinese President Xi Jinping who arrived in Chennai to initiate a two-day informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the coastal city of Mamallapuram.

01:57 pm IST

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Chennai

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Chennai. The second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi will begin in Mahabalipuram today. :ANI

1:55 pm IST

Venue for meeting boasts of UNESCO world site heritage tag

Mamallapuram, where the meeting between PM Modi and Xi Jinping will be held, boasts of a UNESCO world site heritage tag and is famous for ancient stone carvings and stone temples of the Pallava dynasty period. A large number of monuments in city date back to the period of 630-670 AD, also known as the reign of Narasimhavarman-I.

01:42 pm IST

First informal Summit between the leaders was held in Wuhan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held the first informal summit in Wuhan in 2018. It took place in the backdrop of the 72-days-long Doklam stand-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers in 2017 when the Chinese troops undertook construction work in the area bordering India, China, and Bhutan. India and China both withdrew after long negotiations that many feared could escalate.

01:30 pm IST

Meeting venue sealed, no access even for media photographers

The venue for Friday’s meeting have been sealed since Thursday night, with no access even for media photographers.

01:22 pm IST

Discussion over dinner hosted by PM Modi to be ‘most substantive’

The dinner hosted by PM Modi at the Shore Temple complex will allow for the most substantive engagement between the two leaders on Friday, people familiar with the developments said.

01:15 pm IST

Key roads to be sealed in Chennai

Several key roads will be completely sealed while Xi’s motorcade drives to and from Mamallapuram on Friday and other routes, including one leading from Chennai to the seaside resort, are inaccessible to the public.

01:10 pm IST

Chennai airport decked up ahead of Xi Jinping’s arrival

Chennai International Airport is all decked up ahead of the arrival of President of China, Xi Jinping.

 

12:57 pm IST

Xi Jinping will stay at ITC Grand Chola Hotel

Xi Jinping will arrive at ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Chennai after his arrival at Chennai International Airport.

 

12:45 pm IST

Tibetan students protesting, holding ‘Free Tibet’ flags, arrested

Hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Chennai, five Tibetan students were detained by the city police for staging a protest and shouting slogan at Guindy, in front of the ITC Hotel, where Xi will stay during his visit.

The five students, who breached a police cordon and shouted slogans demanding independence for Tibet while holding “Free Tibet” flags, were taken away by the police.

 

12:33 pm IST

Over 5,000 security personnel deployed around Mahabalipuram

A multi-layered security drill, including the sealing of key roads, has been put in place in and around the seaside resort of Mahabalipuram ahead of the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping. More than 5,000 security personnel are part of the extensive security arrangements in and around Mamallapuram. The India Navy has deployed warships at some distance from the shore.

12:22 pm IST

PM Modi hopes Summit will strengthen ties between India, China

“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,” tweeted PM Modi.

12:10 pm IST

Leaders to visit Arjuna’s Penance, Panch Rathas, Shore Temple

PM Modi and Xi Jinping will visit Arjuna’s Penance, Panch Rathas and the Shore Temple. This will be followed by dinner, hosted by PM Modi for the Chinese president.

11:57 am IST

Ajit Doval, Jaishankar to accompany PM Modi during meet

Xi will be accompanied by China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Politburo members on his visit to India. From the Indian side, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and EAM S Jaishankar will accompany the Prime Minister.

11:45 am IST

Xi Jinping to reach Chennai at 2.10 pm

China’s President Xi Jinping will arrive in Chennai today at 2.10 pm.

11:35 am IST

PM Modi arrives in Chennai

Prime minister Narendra Modi has landed in Chennai for the two-day informal summit.

11:30 pm IST

Summit’s focus to be on how to forge cooperative partnership

The focus of the summit will be on how to move beyond the past and present differences to forge a cooperative partnership between Indian and China.

11:20 am IST

No MoUs, agreements to be signed

Chinese President and PM Modi will not be signing any documents during their meet since the talks between the two leaders are informal.

11:10 am IST

Xi Jinping to reach Chennai post noon

The Chinese President Xi Jinping will reach Chennai on today post noon.

11:00 am IST

PM Modi, Xi Jinping to meet in Tamil Nadu’s Mahabalipuram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet in Tamil Nadu’s Mahabalipuram today for a two-day informal summit. This is the second informal summit held by the two leaders.