Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping meeting in Mamallapuram Updates: Chinese president, PM Modi to conclude Day 1 of summit with dinner at Shore Temple

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Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping meeting in Mamallapuram Updates: Chinese president, PM Modi to conclude Day 1 of summit with dinner at Shore Temple
  • 23:29 (IST)

    Modi, Xi Jinping's talks focussed on trade and terrorism, says Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president 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.

  • 22:57 (IST)

    The menu of the dinner hosted by Narendra Modi for Xi Jinping included some non-vegetarian South Indian delicacies

  • 22:34 (IST)

    Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to brief media shortly

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    Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping leave the Shore temple after a cultural programmea and dinner

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    Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping is continuing since around 7 pm, reports ANI

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    Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping's itinerary for the Day 2 of the Mamallapuram Summit


    Itinerary for 12 October:

    9.50 am: Arrival at Taj Fisherman’s Cove Resort and Spa
    10.50 am: Delegation-level talks
    11.45 am: Lunch hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
    12.45 pm: Departure from Chennai airport

  • 19:20 (IST)

    Narendra Modi gifted a Nachiarkoil lamp and Thanjavur painting on dancing Saraswati to Xi Jinping

  • 19:12 (IST)

    Narendra Modi hosts dinner for Xi Jinping at Shore Temple


    After the dinner, Jinping will leave for the ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Chennai while Modi will proceed to Taj Fisherman’s Cove Resort and Spa at Kovalam.

  • 18:49 (IST)

    A glimpse of the cultural performances at the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram

  • 18:45 (IST)

    Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping attend cultural programme at Shore Temple

  • 18:32 (IST)

    Bharatnatyam, Kathakali and Carnatic music performances have been put together for the two leaders


    Faculty members, students and alumni of Kalakshetra Foundation will put up six performances for Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi.

    The Shore Temple is a temple complex built around 700 AD. Situated by the sea, the temple has two shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and a third to Lord Vishnu. The rock-cut temple has been sculpted entirely out of granite stones and features Pallava and Chola architecture. The temple was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

  • 18:21 (IST)

    S Jaishankar, Ajit Doval meet Xi Jinping

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval meet Chinese president Xi Jinping at Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram. 

  • 18:12 (IST)

    Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping to attend cultural programme at the Shore Temple soon


    Modi to host dinner for Xi Jinping at 6.45 pm.

  • 18:06 (IST)

    History behind the monuments visited by Modi, Jinping


    Prime Minister Modi and Xi Jinping took a tour of a group of temples built by the Pallava kings. These temples belong to the monolithic style of architecture, which means they were carved out of single rocks along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries.

    Arjuna's Penance was carved in honour of Narasimhavarman’s victory over the Chalukya king Pulakeshi II. The monument features a variety of carvings that tell different stories. One such carving depicts the descent of the river Ganga from heaven, thus giving the monument an alternate name – Descent of the Ganges.

    The Pancha Rathas (Sanskrit for five chariots) features five incomplete stone sculptures, whose tops and bases have been carved to resemble chariots. The rock-cut rathas, which were carved during Narasimhavarman’s reign are incomplete structures, with work being halted following the king’s death. The sculptures are named after the Pandavas – Yudishtira, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Shadeva and their wife Draupadi. The biggest chariot is dedicated to Yudishtra and the smallest to Draupadi.

    In keeping with South Indian traditions, Modi wore a shirt and veshti in place of his trademark kurta and pyjama.

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    Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping conduct talks at the Panch Rathas temple


    A cultural event will be hosted for the leaders at the Shore Temple at 6 pm.

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    Cartoon by Manjul

  • 17:28 (IST)

    Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping visit Krishna's Butterball


    Krishna's Butterball is a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline in the historical town of Mamallapuram. The boulder is approximately six meters high and five meters wide and weighs around 250 tons. It is said to have been at the same place for 1200 years.

  • 17:21 (IST)

    Narendra Modi gives Xi Jinping a tour of a group of temples in Mamallapuram

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram


    Modi gives Jinping a tour of UNESCO World Heritage site Arjuna's Penance.

  • 16:59 (IST)

    Narendra Modi arrives in Mahabalipuram


    The seaport town Mahabalipuram is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The port city had served as a gateway for import and export of goods between south India and China in the 7th century.

  • 16:57 (IST)

    Artists and locals await Modi, Xi Jinping's arrival in Mamallapuram

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    Police detained 11 Tibetian activists in Chennai earlier today

  • 16:36 (IST)

    Department of Horticulture used 18 types of fruits and vegetables to decorate a huge gate near Pancha Rathas in Mamallapuram

  • 16:21 (IST)

    Mahabalipuram has been decked up for the second informal India-China summit

  • 16:20 (IST)

    Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves for Mahabalipuram from Chennai


    Xi expected to meet Narendra Modi at 5 pm, amid heightened security in Chennai and Mamallapuram.

  • 15:59 (IST)

     Traditional folk musicians perform at East Coast Road ahead of Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping's Mamallapuram visit

  • 15:31 (IST)

    EXPLAINED: What is the expected agenda for the 'informal' summit today?

    According to reports, the two sides are likely to discuss issues relating to Ladakh, China's 5G network policy, counter-terrorism and sustainable marine economy.

    Beijing criticised New Delhi's decision to revoke the autonomous status in Kashmir. It singled out India's decision to create a separate administrative territory in Ladakh, a Buddhist-dominated part of Kashmir, as part of the change.

    Earlier, reports had suggested that trade ties and stability at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) could be the focus areas of the informal meet. No Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs), agreements will be signed nor any joint communiqué issued.

  • 15:29 (IST)

    Cultural programme by Kalakshetra students to be held later today

    A cultural programme is to be held on Friday evening by students of dance group Kalakshetra in the honour of Chinese President Xi Jinping who arrived in Chennai for a two-day 'informal; summit with Narendra Modi​. A large number of artistes also lined up at the airport waving colourful flags, beating drums and dancing to traditional music to welcome the influential Chinese leader while he was on his way out to go his hotel.

  • 15:24 (IST)

    Indian Navy, Coast Guard deploys warships at Mamallapuram shore

    The Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard had deployed warships at some distance from the shore in Mamallapuram, ahead of the visit. The aim was to provide security from any seaborne threat.

  • 15:11 (IST)

    Modi welcomes Xi Jinping, tweets in Mandarin

    Narendra Modi tweets out photos of Xi Jinping's arrival in Chennai with the caption, "Welcome to India, President Xi Jinping!" in Mandarin. He also wrote the same in English and Tamil. 

  • 15:09 (IST)

    Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping expected to agree on new border security steps

    Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are expected to agree on new security measures along their unsettled border during a summit on Friday, officials said, in an effort to smooth ties ruffled by differences over Kashmir, reports Reuters.

    India and China share a 3,500 kilometres border, over which they went to war in 1962 and which remains unresolved despite more than 20 rounds of talks. The border has been largely peaceful, but there have been occasional stand-offs between soldiers from the two Asian giants, who have overlapping territorial claims. The measures on the table include more border trade, tourism and even joint military patrols to boost trust, said the source.

    Read more here

  • 15:04 (IST)

    Chinese nationals from all parts of India present to greet Xi Jinping

    Around 200 Chinese nationals have descended to Chennai from various parts of India, to catch a glance of Xi Jinping, reports the Hindu. While the Chinese president was on his way to the ITC Grand Chola, many of these Chinese nationals welcomed him by waving their flags at his convoy.

  • 14:59 (IST)

    PM to serve special South-Indian delicacies for tonight's special dinner 

     

    Narendra Modi, who is hosting a special dinner in honour of the Chinese president in Mamallapuram tonight, is expected to serve several South Indian specialities, from Chettinad to Karaikudi cuisines. Some of the dishes includes Thakkali Rasam, Arachavitta Sambar, Kadalai Kuruma and Kavanarasi Halwa, reports CNN-News18. 

  • 14:44 (IST)

    MEA S Jaishankar, NSA Ajit Doval to hold talks with Chinese counterparts

    Xi Jinping is accompanied by foreign minister Wang Yi and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi. Both are scheduled to hold separate talks with their Indian counterparts — S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

  • 14:39 (IST)

    Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping arrive at hotel

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive at ITC Grand Chola in Chennai. The Chinese president is expected to leave for Mamallapuram, about 60 km from Chennai, around 4 pm from the hotel. 

  • 14:36 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit receives Xi Jinping at airport

    Accorded a red carpet welcome, Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Speaker P Dhanapal, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam received Xi jinping at the Chennai airport. 

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Meeting between Modi-Xi to last for six hours

    According to sources, the duration of the four separate meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping will be six hours. The one-on-one engagement between the Asian leaders will be for almost 40 minutes. Both sides will be issuing press statements after talks are concluded.

  • 14:29 (IST)

    Narendra Modi remains absent from welcome party

    Adhering to the protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remained absent from the welcome party at Chennai Airport. The two leaders will meet later in Mamallapuram where the prime minister will host a dinner for the Chinese President.

    Traditional performers give the Chinese President a grand welcome. A welcome party consisting of cultural performers, including Bharatnatyam dancers, all donned in traditional attire perform to greet Xi Jinping.

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    Chinese president welcomed with traditional music, 'poorna kumbam' at airport

    The Chinese president is greeted with traditional music and 'poorna kumbam'. Governor of Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit, Speaker P Dhanapal and chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami also welcomed Xi Jinping at the airport 

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    Xi Jinping-Narendra Modi itinerary

    According to The Times of India, Modi and Xi will hold four separate meetings on Friday, lasting a total of five hours. The summit will begin at 5 pm with the leaders touring iconic monuments for an hour – Arjuna’s Penance, Panch Rathas and Shore Temple. A cultural programme and a private dinner will be organised at the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Shore Temple, hosted by the prime minister.

    Then on Saturday the two leaders will hold informal talks on 12 October at the Fisherman's Cove resort overlooking the Bay of Bengal. Their meeting will start at 10 am on Saturday, with an informal chat for at least 40 minutes, when Modi and Xi will share their world views in private. They will again meet for lunch at the five-star hotel.

  • 14:11 (IST)

    EXPLAINED: Why India chose Mamallapuram as venue

    The name Mamallapuram or Mamalla, derives from Mamallan, or "great warrior", a title by which the Pallava King Narasimhavarman I (630-668 AD) was known. It was during his rule that Chinese Buddhist monk-traveller Hiuen Tsang visited Kanchipuram, the Pallava capital.

    "It is generally accepted that during the sixth or seventh Century, Chinese pilgrims were coming over to Kanchipuram. Hiuen Tsang had come here and was welcomed by Mahendra Pallava. It appears that this is a place with which the Chinese were very familiar a long time ago when this was a busting town for trade," says Sriram Venkatakrishnan, a historian based in Chennai. 

    However, putting the history aside, there is another reason to select Mamallapuram for the summit. The aircraft carrying Xi Jinping and his top officials requires a larger runway, which was not available in some of the cities shortlisted for the summit, including Modi's own constituency, Varanasi. Chennai fitted the requirement list to accommodate such aircrafts while, Mamallapuram is the closest and also pertained the historical connections with the Chinese.

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  • 14:00 (IST)

    What is to be expected from this 'informal' summit?

    The Mahabalipuram Informal Summit will provide an opportunity to the Chinese president and Modi 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 Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. This summit will mostly be similar to the one in Wuhan.

  • 13:56 (IST)

    Five suspected Tibetan protestors held outside Chennai hotel 

    Five suspected Tibetans were detained by the police on Friday for allegedly trying to stage a protest outside the star hotel where Chinese president Xi Jinping is slated to stay during his two-day visit.

    Jinping is slated to arrive later in the day to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their second informal summit at the nearby coastal town of Mamallapuram. Police whisked away a person with a Tibetan flag who attempted to stage a sudden protest and were seen restraining him from raising any slogans.

    He was whisked away in an autorickshaw by some police personnel even as four others were removed in a police vehicle.

  • 13:52 (IST)

    Narendra Modi leaves for Fisherman's Cove

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Fisherman's Cove where he will be staying, reports the Hindu. Fisherman's Cove is en route to Mamallapuram from Tiruvidanthai. Modi is expected to travel by road to Mamallapuram from there.

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    Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in Chennai

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    Tamil Nadu Governor, CM and other officials receive PM at airport

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received by Governor Banwarilal Purohit,  Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and other officials at the airport. The CM and the deputy CM also took to Twitter to welcome the Prime Minister.

  • 13:25 (IST)

    Narendra Modi arrives in Chennai for summit

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reached Chennai to hold the second informal summit with Chinese president Xi Jinping, who is expected to arrive in the city later in the afternoon today. He was received at the airport by Governor Banwarilal Purohit and chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, along with other officials.

  • 13:21 (IST)

    'Informal' summit to be held in Tamil Nadu's Mamallapuram

    Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping will meet in the temple town of Mamallapuram, which will be their second 'informal' summit after holding a similar meet in China's Wuhan in April 2018.

  • 13:18 (IST)

    Xi Jinping to land in Chennai by 2 pm

    Chinese president Xi Jinping will arrive in Chennai on Friday around 2 pm to hold his second 'informal' summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Mamallapuram, as the leaders are expected to reconfigure strained ties

Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping meeting at Mamallapuram Updates: After welcoming Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram, Narendra Modi gave him a tour of a temple complex in the shore town, which has the tag of a UNESCO World Heritage site. The complex comprises of Arjuna's Penance, Krishna's Butterball and Shore Temple. The leaders attended a cultural programme and dinner meeting at the Shore Temple later.

Soon after that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met Xi. Modi and Xi will soon attend a cultural programme at Shore Temple.

Narendra Modi tweets out photos of Xi Jinping's arrival in Chennai with the caption, "Welcome to India, President Xi Jinping!" in Mandarin.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at ITC Grand Chola in Chennai and left for Mamallapuram, about 60 km from Chennai, around 4 pm from the hotel.

The Chinese president is greeted with traditional music and 'poorna kumbam'. Governor of Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit, Speaker P Dhanapal and chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami welcome Xi Jinping at the airport.

Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in Chennai ahead of 'informal' summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reached Chennai to hold the second informal summit with Chinese president Xi Jinping, who is expected to arrive in the city later in the afternoon today. He was received at the airport by Governor Banwarilal Purohit and chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, along with other officials

Chinese president Xi Jinping will arrive in Mamallapuram on Friday to hold his second 'informal' summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the leaders are expected to reconfigure strained ties.

The meeting follows after months of squabbling between the two Asian countries over trade, border disputes and their respective diplomatic moves.

Xi's visit also comes after his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday, when a joint statement was issued following the talks. The two nations also discussed the Kashmir issue, with China saying the situation in the Valley should be peacefully resolved based on the UN Charter.

Modi and Xi will meet in the temple town of Mamallapuram, which will be their second 'informal' summit after holding a similar meet in China's Wuhan in April 2018.

Modi-Xi itinerary

At around 2 pm, Xi will reach Chennai and then proceed to meet Modi for tea at a luxury hotel. From the capital of Tamil Nadu, Xi will then proceed to Mamallapuram.

According to The Times of India, Modi and Xi will hold four separate meetings on Friday, lasting a total of five hours.

The summit will begin at 5 pm with the leaders touring iconic monuments for an hour – Arjuna’s Penance, Panch Rathas and Shore Temple.

A cultural programme and a private dinner will be organised at the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Shore Temple. To add to the cultural exchange between India and China, a Buddha statue has been installed near the temple.

According to reports, wooden walkways have been set up for the leaders and natural grass lawns have been used for landscaping. All the monuments in Mamallapuram to be visited by Xi were spruced up while colourful gates have been erected along the routes from Chennai to this coastal city.

The leaders are expected to exchange views on charting a new roadmap of development and cooperation. Later in the day, Modi will host a private dinner for Xi at the temple complex.

This is before Xi returns to Chennai for the night. According to Moneycontrol, the two leaders will hold informal talks on 12 October at the Fisherman's Cove resort overlooking the Bay of Bengal.

Their meeting will start at 10 am on Saturday, with an informal chat for at least 40 minutes, when Modi and Xi will share their world views in private. They will again meet for lunch at the five-star hotel. Trade, terrorism, and border issues are topics that the two leaders are likely to discuss.

After lunch, the Chinese leader will leave for Chennai airport at 12.45 pm.

An unprecedented security blanket has been thrown over and around Mamallapuram, which has inconvenienced people in the town as well as tourists. Movement has been restricted at the monuments till the completion of the VVIP visit. Tourists can admire the monuments only from outside.

Xi is expected to leave Saturday, as Nepalese media has said he will visit Kathmandu this weekend on his way back from India, AFP reported.

Agenda

According to reports, the two sides are likely to discuss issues relating to Ladakh, China's 5G network policy, counter-terrorism and sustainable marine economy.

Beijing criticised New Delhi's decision to revoke the autonomous status in Kashmir. It singled out India's decision to create a separate administrative territory in Ladakh, a Buddhist-dominated part of Kashmir, as part of the change.

Earlier, reports had suggested that trade ties and stability at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) could be the focus areas of the informal meet.

No Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs), agreements will be signed nor any joint communiqué issued.

Government sources had earlier told ANI that the structure of informal meeting between the two leaders would be similar to the first informal summit between the two leaders in Wuhan.

The objective of this meeting is likely to be the exchange of views on regional and global issues, finding a broad pathway on bilateral relations, and discussing ways to build better connections between the two countries.

Issues pertaining to trade increased market access for products like soybean and non-basmati rice, as well as terrorism, sourcing, financing, and origins of terror are expected to come up during the talks.

With inputs from agencies 

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Updated Date: Oct 11, 2019 23:29:43 IST