Modi-Xi Informal Summit Day 2
By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 12, Oct 2019, 12:55 pm IST | UPDATED: 12, Oct 2019, 13:01 pm IST
Delhi: India and China on Saturday held delegation-level talks on the second day of the informal summit at Taj Fisherman's Cove hotel in Chennai. The talks were led by leaders of two countries-- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xi was accompanied by China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Politburo members on his visit to India. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar accompanied the Prime Minister. The talks come after two rounds of one-to-one meetings between Xi and Modi, the first on Friday and one today.PM Modi in his opening statement said, "Tamil Nadu and the historical city of Chennai has served as an important cultural and commercial link between India and China. After Wuhan spirit, Chennai vision has started a new era of cooperation between the two countries."
Referring to the first informal summit that had taken place in 2017 in Wuhan, PM said, "Strategic communication between both nations have increased....we had promised that we will not let any dispute escalate and increase global interaction. Wuhan spirit has given our ties a new momentum and trust. Todays 'Chennai connect' is the start of a new era in India-China relations."
The Chinese President Xi Jinping, on the other hand, tells PM Modi that the informal summit in Wuhan and Chennai, broached by PM Modi, had been a good idea. "We are able to bring forth closer cooperation between both countries," he said. About their earlier one-on-one meeting Xi says that the discussion had been "very in-depth" and "good". "We engaged in a candid discussion as friends in this heart-to-heart discussion on bilateral relation," he says.
"We are really overwhelmed by your hospitality. Me and my colleagues have felt that very strongly. This will be a memorable experience for me and us," Chinese President Xi Jinping further said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping reached the Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort and Spa to continue the talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. He was received by PM Modi at the hotel. The two leaders are held one-on-one talks in the historic coastal city today.
For the second day of the summit, the Prime Minister opted for a Kurta and Pajama, along with his statement Modi jacket. He had carried out all engagements on the first day of the summit in traditional Tamil attire, including a veshti, white half-sleeved shirt and angvastram. Xi, on the other hand, wore a black suit without a tie on Saturday, signifying the informal nature of the summit.