Chennai/ New Delhi:
PM Modi, Xi Jinping met for an informal summit in China's Wuhan in April last year.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who arrived in Chennai this afternoon, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mallapuram, coastal town 50 km away from Chennai, today.
Later today, PM Modi will host a dinner for the Chinese President. They will meet on Saturday morning for a one-on-one meeting nearly a year after they met in China's Wuhan in April last year.
At the informal summit, terrorism, including training, financing and any other support to terror groups, will be one of the key issues to be discussed, said sources. Others will be trade, defence and border issues. Sources say both sides are also looking at possible confidence-building measures for the India-China border, which may be announced later.
Here are the live updates of Chinese President Xi Jinping and PM Modi's Mamallapuram Summit:
PM Modi-Xi Jinping Informal Summit In Mamallapuram
"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," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
Foreign Secretary Brief Media On PM Modi-Xi Jinping's visit to Mamallapuram
"During tour, PM Narendra Modi explained heritage of Arjuna's Penance -- Man and nature live in harmony with each other, the Carvings reflect harmony"
"PM Modi and Xi Jinping were delighted, took a photo, and spoke to artistes"
"The two leaders had detailed discussion on respective national visions during their one-on-one talks"
"Xi Jinping acknowledged PM Modi's election mandate, and said he was looking forward to working closely and enhancing trade volume and value over the next five years"
"The discussion went for beyond the scheduled two-and-half hours"
PM Narendra Modi Welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping In Mamallapuram For Informal Summit: 10 Points
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took Chinese President Xi Jinping for a tour of the temples of Mahabalipuram, now known as Mamallapuram, hours after Xi arrived in Chennai to a grand welcome for his second informal meeting with PM Modi since they met in China's Wuhan in April last year. PM Modi had then invited President Xi to India for a reprise. "Welcome to India, President Xi Jinping!" PM Modi tweeted. PM Modi was in a crisp white traditional attire of Tamil Nadu, called the veshti, while the Chinese President came in a white shirt and black pants, as they walked about the rocky lawns of the temples. The two leaders have a packed schedule that includes informal and delegation-level talks and lunch and dinner meets. President Xi's visit comes after the two sides exchanged sharp words over Kashmir following Xi's meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan two days ago
PM Modi arrived by a special flight from Delhi and was received by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Chief Minister K Palaniswami among others. The Prime Minister will later proceed to the coastal town of Mamallapuram, about 50 km from Chennai, which will host the two high-profile leaders during their second informal summit.
PM Modi's Tweets After Arrival In Chennai
After arrival in Chennai, PM Modi tweeted: "Landed in Chennai. I am very happy to be in this great land of Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu is known for its great culture and hospitality. It is very gratifying that Tamil Nadu will host President Xi Jinping. I hope this informal meeting will further strengthen India-China relations."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Chennai to attend second informal meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at nearby Mamallapuram.
PM Modi will land at 11:15 am to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping later in the evening.
Xi Jinping left for India this 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.