Modi, Xi leave Shore Temple premises after attending cultural program

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave after attending a cultural program at the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram. Both the leaders attended dinner around 1900 hrs, according to ANI sources.

21:57 IST: Dinner began at approximately 19:00 hrs: ANI sources

Sources: Prime Minister Narendra Modi & Chinese President Xi Jinping’s dinner began at approximately 19:00 hrs today in Mahabalipuram and their conversation is still continuing after two hours.

21:16 IST: Modi-Xi meet sends signs of positive atmosphere

In the backdrop of 7th century rock-cut chariots of Pancha Ratha overlooking the Bay of Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping sipped coconut water and engaged in casual interaction in a serene setting on Friday, sending signs of positive atmospherics in bilateral ties strained over Kashmir. Modi, dressed in a Tamil attire of ‘Veshti’ (Dhoti), white shirt and an ‘angavastram’ (shawl), took Xi for a guided tour of the famous world heritage sites of Arjuna’s Penance, Krishna’s Butterball, the Pancha Ratha and Shore temple in this ancient temple town, kicking off the second informal summit between the two leaders.

“The free flowing nature of the informal summit at the UNESCO world heritage site will continue and deepen contacts at the highest level and guide the future trajectory of India-China relationship,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. PTI

20:45 IST: Cultural prog ended with a prayer for peace and harmony

Earlier, the cultural programme at Shore temple in Mahabalipuram ended with a prayer for peace and harmony, MEA spokesperson tweeted. PM Modi and Xi are attending a dinner now. Modi and Xi kicked off their two-day informal summit on Friday, the second one after the Wuhan edition last year, at this coastal town located about 50 km from Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai.

20:18 IST: Traditional South Indian spread for Modi, Xi Jinping

A traditional south Indian spread, including the trademark sambhar, was part of the menu for Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping on Friday when the Indian Prime Minister hosted the Chinese President for dinner on their first day of their second informal meet here. According to available information, the two leaders will be treated to a sumptuous dinner, comprising sambhar, a mouthwatering south Indian recipe made of lentils and also a favourite of the Tamils, besides other delicacies. ‘Arachu vitta Sambhar’, prepared from grounded lentils, certain spices and coconut to make it that much tastier was touted to be the key attraction in the menu. The meal will include ‘thakkali rasam,’ made of tomato and ‘imli’ and ‘kadalai (chick pea, generally) korma’, besides halwa as the premier dessert. Further, the Chinese President is also likely to be treated to a select non-vegetarian delicacies. PTI

19:38 IST: PM Modi’s gifts to Xi Jinping

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

19:06 IST: Bonhomie on display: PM, Xi attend cultural show as Modi plays perfect host

18:36 IST: PM, Xi attend cultural programme at Shore temple

Both leaders are now attending a cultural programme at Shore temple in Mahabalipuram. A performance by Kalakshetra is underway.

18:31 IST: Cultural show at Shore temple to begin shortly

Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are present at the temple site.

18:22 IST: Jaishankar, Doval meet Xi at Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, at Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram.

18:16 IST: PM Modi and Xi are on a guided tour to monuments in Mahabalipuram

17:43 IST: PM, Xi at Pancha Rathas complex in Mamallapuram

PM Modi and President Xi Jinping are at the Pancha Rathas complex in Mamallapuram. Both the leaders are on a tour of heritage sites now.

17:27 IST: PM Modi and Xi on tour of 3 monuments in Mahabalipuram

The Chinese President is receiving a guided tour of three monuments in Mahabalipuram including — Arjuna’s Penance, Panch Rathas and Shore temple. Here, PM Modi is with Xi at Arjuna’s Penance.

17:08 IST: PM Modi meets Xi Jinping at Mahabalipuram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was decked up in a traditional attire met Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mahabalipuram Friday.

17:01 IST: PM Modi arrives in Mahabalipuram to meet Xi

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16:36 IST: Chinese President Xi Jinping on way to Mahabalipuram

“From Wuhan to Chennai President Xi Jinping arrived in Chennai to a warm and colourful welcome for the 2nd Informal Summit with PM,” tweeted MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Friday.

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16:27 IST: PM Modi tweets in English, Tamil, Mandarin to welcome Xi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chose the three languages of English, Tamil and Mandarin to wish his second informal meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping further strengthened bilateral ties. He used the three languages to welcome Xi to India. The coastal town of Mamallapuram, fortified and all decked up, will host the two leaders for their second informal summit, with Modi and Xi having earlier met in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year. “Welcome to India, President Xi Jinping!,” Modi tweeted in English, sharing similar messages in Tamil and Mandarin. Earlier in the day also, he had taken to Twitter to announce his arrival here to participate in the meet with Xi.

16:14 IST: People waiting on the Chennai-Mahabalipuram route

People waiting eagerly on the Chennai-Mahabalipuram route to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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15:30 IST: Here is the full itinerary of China’s President visit to India

October 11, 2019:

2.10 pm: Xi Jinping will arrive at the Chennai International airport

4 pm: Xi Jinping will depart for Mahabalipuram

5 pm: The Chinese President will receive a guided tour of three monuments in Mahabalipuram including — Arjuna’s Penance, Panch Rathas and Shore temple.

6 pm: A cultural programme will be organised for Jinping at Shore temple.

6.45 pm: PM Modi will host a dinner for the Chinese President.

October 12, 2019:

9.50 am: Xi Jinping will arrive at Taj Fisherman’s Cover Resort and Spa in Chennai.

10 am: India and China will hold delegation level talks in Tango Hall at Taj Fisherman’s Cover Resort and Spa.

11.45 am: PM Modi will host a lunch for Xi Jinping. 12.45 pm: Xi Jinping will depart for the Chennai International Airport.

1.30 pm: Jinping will board his flight from Chennai.

15:16 IST: Tamil Nadu Governor welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at Chennai airport

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shares pics of Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit welcoming Xi Jinping at Chennai airport. The Chinese President and PM Modi will meet later today and are expected to discuss the new and updated confidence building measures (CBMs) along the border and trade, among other things.

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14:57 IST: Xi Jinping is on his way to ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Chennai

Chinese President Xi Jinping is on his way to ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Chennai, reports ANI. He will hold his second informal meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mahabalipuram, later today.

14:04 IST: Xi Jinping arrives in Chennai for summit with PM Modi

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Chennai for summit with prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi has already reached Mahabalipuram. The second informal summit between the two leaders will begin in Mahabalipuram shortly.

12:49 IST: PM Modi took an Air force chopper to reach Mahabalipuram

PM Modi took an Air force chopper to reach Mahabalipuram. Chennai is all set to welcome Chinese President Xi. He is scheduled to land at 2.10 pm.

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12:27 IST: Palaniswami, Panneerselvam welcome PM Modi at Chennai airport

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

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11:50 IST: Mahabalipuram awaits for Modi-Xi summit

Mahabalipuram is waiting for the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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11:36 IST: Five Tibetans protested outside Chennai airport taken in custody before Xi’s arrival

Five Tibetans protested outside Chennai airport taken in custody hours before Chinese President Xi’s arrival.

11:35 IST: PM Modi arrives in Chennai ahead of summit with Xi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Chennai to attend second informal meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at nearby Mahabalipuram.

Full coverage: Modi-Xi summit

11:19 IST: What is Modi and Xi’s schedule on Friday, Saturday?

In Mahabalipuram Friday, Modi will give Xi a guided tour of three renowned monuments: Arjuna’s Penance, Panch Rathas and the Shore Temple around 5 pm. Thereafter, the two leaders will watch a cultural performance for 45 minutes at the temple, which will be followed by a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister. On Saturday, they will meet at Taj Fisherman’s Cove Resort & Spa for a 50-minute meeting followed by delegation-level talks before the visit ends with lunch hosted by the Prime Minister.

10:25 IST: ‘Modi-Xi Summit will have far-reaching positive implications to regional and global development and stability’

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui also said, “The meeting between Xi Jinping and PM Modi will also have a far-reaching positive implications to regional and global development and stability.” No agreements are expected to be signed during the summit. “This is a new way of exchanges between Chinese and Indian leaders. The border areas had maintained peace and tranquillity and practice has proven that mutually beneficial cooperation is very important to the two sides,” Luo said.

10:14 IST: ‘During Wuhan summit, there was a strong personal chemistry between Modi, Xi’

Highlighting the importance attached by China to Xi-Modi summit, Luo said, “During the Wuhan summit (last year), there was a strong personal chemistry between the two leaders. Without the personal commitment from the two leaders this kind of informal meeting is not possible.” “So, for them to sit together to have any in-depth discussion in Chennai (Mahabalipuram) and to discuss global and regional affairs so that the dragon and the elephant can work together, so that we can have deeper strategic communication that will help bilateral relations and practical cooperation between the two countries,” he said.

10:13 IST: President Xi’s visit to India will be a full success, says Chinese Vice Foreign Minister

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui told media here on Wednesday that officials of both sides have made meticulous preparations for the informal summit through close interactions. “Now the solid ground has been laid. With the joint efforts of the two sides, President Xi’s visit to India will be a full success and set the tone and direction for further growth of bilateral ties and lead to new progress and fruitful results in exchange of cooperation between the two sides,” he said. “The meeting will once again send a consistent message of China and India to the whole world and inject stability and positive energy to the world that is full of uncertainty,” he said.

10:10 IST: Modi-Xi meeting to focus “more” on how to move beyond the past and present differences, says Chinese media

Ahead of the summit, Chinese media Xinhua said the Modi-Xi meeting would focus “more” on how to move beyond the past and present differences to forge a cooperative partnership. “The belated official announcement of Xi’s visits to the country’s two South Asian neighbours (India and Nepal), only 48 hours ahead of the informal meeting, was proof that Beijing and New Delhi cherish the opportunity to improve bilateral ties through the personal chemistry between their top leaders,” an editorial in the state-run China Daily on Thursday said. The meeting between Modi and Xi “sent the reassuring message that they (India and China) want nothing to get in the way of constructive engagement”, it said.

10:06 IST: Who all are coming from China along with Xi?

Xi Jinping’s entourage includes Ding Xuexiang, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC), member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, and director of the General Office of the CPC, Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and He Lifeng, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and head of the National Development and Reform Commission.

10:01 IST: Xi Jinping leaves for India for 2nd informal summit with PM Modi

Chinese President Xi Jinping left for India on Friday morning for the second informal meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. He will arrive at Tamil Nadu capital Chennai late afternoon. Later in the evening, Xi will meet Modi and hold talks on a host of issues in a relaxed atmosphere at the historic tourist town of Mahabalipuram. After an overnight meeting, the two leaders are scheduled to meet again on Saturday to continue the discussions. The Chinese President is due to leave for Nepal on Saturday afternoon.

9:46 IST: Modi-Xi summit LIVE: On trade, issues of market access and deficit will be taken up by India!

The two sides will exchange notes on the next counter-terrorism exercises between the two countries to be held in December. On trade, the issues of market access and deficit will be taken up by India, sources said. Although some regulatory issues have been eased, there hasn’t been much improvement in trade figures. In 2018, bilateral trade reached an all-time high of US$95.54 billion — India’s exports were US$ 18.84 billion.

9:37 IST: Ahead of Modi-Xi summit, traffic restrictions in place in Chennai

The stage is all set for the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping at Mahabalipuram on Friday, where the leaders will be attending a two-day informal summit. Security has been stepped in both Chennai and Mahabalipuram ahead of the summit, with barricades set up at vantage points along Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and East Coast Road (ECR) along which the leaders’ motorcades are expected to travel to reach Mahabalipuram by road.

9:28 IST: PM Modi expected to sharpen focus of India’s position on terrorism

PM Modi and President Jinping will also take forward the idea of a joint project in Afghanistan to train the second batch of Afghan diplomats — civil servants and police officers could be covered as well, sources said. The two leaders will also discuss the issue of terrorism, and Modi is expected to sharpen the focus of India’s position. This is significant because the Financial Action Task Force, under China’s presidency, is slated to meet from October 13 to 18 and take up the issue of Pakistan’s blacklisting. Sources said India will expect China to consider the case “objectively”.

8:26 IST: PM Modi likely to explain reasons and nuances behind the J&K decision

During their meetings on Friday and Saturday in Mahabalipuram, Modi will also explain the reasons and nuances behind the J&K decision, sources said. “The Prime Minister is likely to use the opportunity to explain to the Chinese President the reasons behind Delhi’s decision on Kashmir. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has already briefed Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, but when you have the No.1 leader in an informal setting, it’s only natural… one wouldn’t lose that opportunity,” sources said. Although sources maintained that Modi will speak on Kashmir only if it is raised by Xi, it is likely that two leaders will discuss the issue at some point.

8:37 IST: ‘CBMs have become outdated with the advent of technology over the last 25 years’

Sources said the CBMs, which were agreed upon in 1993 and 1995, have become outdated with the advent of technology over the last 25 years. “The idea is to maintain peace along the Line of Actual Control. So, there is a need for the two leaders to discuss whether the existing CBMs, which date back more than two decades, need to be updated or supplemented,” sources said. While the broad contours will be discussed between Modi and Xi, the CBMs may be announced during the Special Representative-level talks or during a meeting between defence officials.

8:30 IST: Xi Jinping lands today to meet PM Modi

New and updated confidence building measures (CBMs) along the border will be one of the major themes of discussion during the two-day second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping starting Friday, sources told The Indian Express. With the bilateral space coming under a shadow after Delhi’s decision to revoke special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and split the state into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, Modi is also likely to convey to Xi that Beijing has to be “sensitive” to India’s core concerns.

8:22 IST: Hello and welcome

Hello and welcome to our LIVE blog. Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in Chennai post 2 pm Friday on a two-day visit. The two leaders are expected to discuss the new and updated confidence building measures (CBMs) along the border and trade, among other things. Follow to get the latest updates here!

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