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Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping meeting at Mamallapuram Updates: PM accepts invite to hold next informal summit in China

Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping meeting at Mamallapuram LIVE Updates: Briefing the media after the informal summit between India and China, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said, 'China is ready to take sincere action to address India's concerns on trade deficit. The Chinese side also proposed that a high-level trade discussion channel be set up to address these specific concerns.' He said, 'from the Chinese side Vice President of China will engage with Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.'

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Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping meeting at Mamallapuram Updates: PM accepts invite to hold next informal summit in China
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping took a tour of ancient era monuments in Tamil Nadu's Mamallapuram on Friday

  • Modi and Jinping sat down for a brief conversation at the Pancha Ratha complex, before attending a cultural programme at the Shore Temple

  • A traditional south Indian spread, including the trademark sambhar, was part of the dinner menu for the two leaders

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Oct 12, 2019 - 14:41 (IST)

China apreciates India's concerns on RCEP

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale revealed that the Chinese side has accepted there are concerns in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. The exact modalities to balance out trade concerns will be worked out later. 

Oct 12, 2019 - 14:12 (IST)

India, China agree to enhance people-to-people contact

"There was new focus on people to people relations. It was decided that public of both countries must be brought in the relationship.Ideas were exchanged on this," Gokhale said. 

Oct 12, 2019 - 14:11 (IST)

China propses high-level communication mechanism to address trade-related issues

China has proposed to set up a specific channel to address trade-specific concerns between the two countries. Chinese vice premier will remain in touch with finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman as part of a formal trade discussion channel, foreign secretary Vijaya Gokhale said. Although he did not specify a time frame to this discussion, Gokhale said that the prime minister has indicated he wants some progress made before the next India China summit, "so we are looking at a very compact time frame of under one year. 

Oct 12, 2019 - 14:07 (IST)

Chinese President Xi Jinping departs for Nepal

Oct 12, 2019 - 13:39 (IST)

China ready to take sincere action on trade deficit, says Vijay Gokhale

Briefing the media after the informal summit between India and China, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said, "China is ready to take sincere action to address India's concerns on trade deficit. The Chinese side also proposed that a high-level trade discussion channel be set up to address these specific concerns." He said, "from the Chinese side Vice President of China will engage with Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman."

Oct 12, 2019 - 13:26 (IST)

Modi gifts Xi Jinping the latter's portrait handwoven in silk

Oct 12, 2019 - 13:24 (IST)

New era of Sino-India cooperation to begin with 'Chennai connect': Modi

After around five-and-half hours of one-on-one talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in multiple sessions spread over two days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here that a new era of cooperation will begin on Saturday in Sino-India ties through the "Chennai connect".

In his delegation level talks with Xi at a luxury resort overlooking the Bay of Bengal in Kovalam on the second and final day of the informal summit, Modi noted that India and China were global economic powers during most of the last 2000 years and were returning to stage gradually. “The Wuhan spirit had given a new momentum and trust to our ties. A new era of cooperation will begin today through the ‘Chennai Connect',” Modi said while referring to the outcome of the first informal summit between the two leaders in the Chinese port last year.

 
The prime minister said strategic communication between the two countries increased following the first informal summit in Wuhan.
“We had decided to prudently manage differences and not to allow them to become disputes. We had decided that we will be sensitive towards each other's concerns,” said Modi.
 

Oct 12, 2019 - 13:11 (IST)

Xi Jinping departs from Taj hotel

Chinese president Xi Jinping has left from Taj Fisermen's Cove after holding talks with the Indian prime minister. He will leave for Nepal around 2.00 PM 

Oct 12, 2019 - 13:00 (IST)

Modi gifts Xi handwoven saree featuring latter's portrait

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping were at an exhibition on artefacts and handloom at Taj Fisherman's Cove hotel in Kovalam, Tamil Nadu. The Indian prime minister gifted the Chinese president a handloom saree with his portrait woven into it, while the Chinese premier gave Modi a Bone China plate with his portrait painted over it. 

Oct 12, 2019 - 12:57 (IST)

#Don'tGoBackModi trends on Twitter day after anti-PM trend

 

A day after #GoBackModi trended on Twitter, apparently a mark of protest against the prime minister's policies, the trend #Don'tGoBackModi took up the microblogging site. This also came on the day the prime minister cleaned the Kovalam beach during his morning walk. 

Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping meeting at Mamallapuram Latest Updates: Briefing the media after the informal summit between India and China, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said, "China is ready to take sincere action to address India's concerns on trade deficit. The Chinese side also proposed that a high-level trade discussion channel be set up to address these specific concerns." He said, "from the Chinese side Vice President of China will engage with Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman."

Chinese president Xi Jinping has left from Taj Fisermen's Cove after holding talks with the Indian prime minister. He will leave for Nepal around 2.00 PM

Chinese president Xi Jinping thanked India for its warm hospitality. He said that, "I am overwhelmed by your hospital. China and India important neighbours and we are the two biggest economies. I look forward to furthering discussions on bilateral ties with you."

Beginning the second day of the India- China informal summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met at Kovalam beach.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Mamallapuram right now for an informal summit with Chinese president Xi Jinping, released a video of his morning walk ritual on his Twitter profile, only that the prime minister could be seen cleaning the beach alongside.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping took a tour of ancient era monuments in Tamil Nadu’s Mamallapuram on Friday in their second informal meet after the Wuhan Summit in April 2018.

Dressed in a traditional veshti, angavastram and shirt, Modi strolled with Xi through the UNESCO world heritage sites of Arjuna's Penance, Krishna's Butterball, Pancha Ratha and Shore temple.

The prime minister explained to the Chinese leader the historical significance of the seventh-century monuments built during the Pallava dynasty in this coastal town which had historical links with China's Fujian province. Modi and Xi sat down for a brief conversation at the Pancha Ratha complex, comprising monolithic rock sculptures that remain unfinished and have been named after the five Pandavas and their wife Draupadi.

Narendra ModiXi Jinping meeting at Mamallapuram Updates PM accepts invite to hold next informal summit in China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram. PTI

They then visited the elaborately lit Shore Temple, where the two leaders met top delegates of both sides. Xi met Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

A cultural performance put together by the faculty members, students and alumni of the Kalakshetra Foundation was attended by Modi and the Chinese president at the Shore Temple. The performances included the classical dances Bharatnatyam and Kathakali.

A traditional south Indian spread, including the trademark sambhar, was part of the dinner menu. The meal included 'thakkali rasam,' made of tomato and tamarind and 'kadalai (chick pea, generally) korma', besides halwa as the dessert. The two leaders concluded the meet around 10 pm.

While Modi flew to Mamallapuram in a chopper, Xi travelled by road from Chennai in a specially flown-in Hongqi, a luxury Chinese car used by leaders of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) from the time of its founder Mao Zedong. In Chinese, hongqi means the red flag.

Both leaders were received at the Chennai airport by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam. To welcome Xi at the Chennai airport, about 500 Tamil folk artistes rendered performances, including "tappattam," and "poi kal kuthirai" while a group of colourfully dressed women presented a Bharatanatyam programme to the accompaniment of 'thavil' and 'nadaswaram' (traditional percussion and wind instruments respectively) music.

Modi and Xi Jinping spent nearly five hours together, most of it being one-on-one time, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said in a press briefing. He said that the dinner meeting stretched on for about 150 minutes, which was far beyond the planned time, during which detailed discussions on the countries’ national visions took place.

“The Chinese president said that he was looking forward to working closely with Prime Minister Modi in the next 4-4.5 years. Discussions on trade and economy, areas of investment to be encouraged, trade deficit and enhancing trade volume and value took place,” Gokhale said.

He added that Modi and Xi also talked about the challenges faced by the India and China on account of terrorism, while being on the sme page about radicalism being a matter of concern. “Both leaders agreed that they will work towards ensuring that radicalism does not impact the fabric of our multi-cultural, multi0ethnic and multi-religious societies,” Gokhale said.

International and regional issues, with focus on bilateral relations, would be the focus of meetings on the second day of the Mamallapuram summit.

Xi visited the ITC Grand Chola in Chennai before making way to Mamallapuram. Security remained tightened in the shore town and Chennai.

"Welcome to India, President Xi Jinping!" Modi tweeted, shortly after the Chinese leader arrived on an Air China Boeing 747 aircraft, accompanied by a 90-member delegation including Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Polit Bureau member of Central Committee of Chinese Communist Party Ding Xuexiang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

While Modi will be staying on Friday night at the Taj Fisherman’s Cove resort in Kovalam, the Chinese president will stay at ITC Grand Chola.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Ravesh Kumar tweeted:

On Saturday, Modi and Xi will have a comprehensive one-on-one meeting to be followed by delegation level talks. Modi will also be hosting a lunch for the Chinese president. Both sides will, then, issue separate statements on outcome of the summit. "Both sides know that a lot is riding on the relationship and this is reflected in the summit being held on schedule despite speculation of its postponement in recent weeks," said a senior official told PTI.

Xi's visit to India raised questions about the strained ties between India and China owing to the latter’s hardline approach towards the Kashmir issue. It is, however, being said that the leaders’ talks will be focussing on trade ties.

Xi's visit comes two days after Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan’s Beijing visit, where the Kashmir issue was discussed. A China-Pakistan joint statement issued after talks said China is paying "close attention" to the situation in Kashmir, calling for its proper and peaceful resolution based on the United Nations Charter.

The first informal between the two leaders was held in Chinese lake city of Wuhan in April 2018, months after a 73-day face-off between the armies of the two countries in Doka La tri-junction raised fears of a war between the two Asian giants.

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