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:
"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.
Visiting Chennai for his second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping has opted to travel to tourist town Mamallapuram by road instead of a helicopter as Chinese leaders, as matter of policy, shun travel by choppers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore a white half-sleeved shirt, a veshti and an angavastram as he welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping in traditional clothes at Tamil Nadu's Mamallapuram, earlier known as Mahabalipuram, on Friday afternoon
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
Mamallapuram is one of the most beautiful places in India, full of vibrancy. It is linked to commerce, spirituality and is now a popular tourism centre.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 11, 2019
I am delighted that President Xi Jinping and I are spending time in this scenic place, which is also a @UNESCO heritage site. pic.twitter.com/5oH95Rh34p
PM Modi arrives in Chennai for the second informal meeting with Chinese President #XiJinping at #Mahabalipuram. He has been received by Governor Banwarilal Purohit & Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.- NDTV (@ndtv) October 11, 2019
Live updates here: https://t.co/Avx8qtKs2wpic.twitter.com/gAdTk82kJE
Tamil Nadu: Dept of Horticulture has decorated a huge gate near 'Pancha Rathas' in Mamallapuram where PM Modi & Chinese President, Xi Jinping are expected to visit later today. 18 varieties of vegetables & fruits,brought from different parts of the state, used in this decoration. pic.twitter.com/L8QXhWw34B- ANI (@ANI) October 11, 2019