Xi Jinping, President of China has arrived in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on Friday. He was received by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami, Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly P Dhanapal.
The President has come to India on a nearly 24-hour visit for his second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A brief cultural ceremony was organised to welcome him. The Prime Minister also accompanied the Chinese President for a tour around the city’s temples and other heritage locations.
The Chinese President 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.
According to officials, the summit will focus on insulating bilateral trade and development cooperation as well as differences on Kashmir and the vexed boundary issue.
The Summit will be held at the 7th century Shore Temple complex overlooking the Bay of Bengal in Mamallapuram in an informal setting. According to reports, on Saturday, the two leaders will hold one-on-one talks at the Fisherman’s Cove resort. This will be followed up by delegation-level talks. After the talks, Modi will host a lunch for Xi, after which he would leave for Chennai airport.