Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping's informal meet is currently underway in the coastal town of Kovalam. The meeting scheduled at Taj Fisherman's Cove hotel, began on Saturday morning (October 12), however, as per various government sources, no special MOUs or deals will be signed between the two world leaders.
The Chinese Premier, on Saturday, will first hold a private conversation with PM Modi. Later, the Chinese Premier and PM Modi will hold delegation-level talks followed by lunch and after which the Chinese Premier will leave for Chennai International Airport from where he will fly to Kathmandu, Nepal. The one-on-one meeting is scheduled to be held for almost 40 minutes. It is supposed to start at 10 am, the sources said, adding that the two sides are slated to issue their separate press statements.
This is the second informal meeting between PM Modi and Xi Jinping after the Wuhan summit last year. The two nations are working towards developing greater relations amidst rapidly changing regional and global political scenarios. Although active trade partners, the two countries have been having standoffs on various issues such as the boundary line in the Doklam region in Sikkim, as well as India's long-standing issue with neighbours from the north-west, Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir. The differences have been wider post the revocation of Article 370 in early August. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan visited China a few days ago, raising its issue with what his government believes is unacceptable. The Chinese government has said it 'was paying close attention to the current situation in Jammu & Kashmir'. However, they clarified that they will not be intervening for now and that the two countries should resolve the issue through dialogue, whilst 'following the UN Charter and other relevant UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements'.
Xi Jinping landed in Chennai on Friday afternoon, where he was received by the Governor Banwarilal Purohit, the Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. The Chinese Premier was also welcomed with a performance at the Chennai airport's tarmac. He had then gone to his hotel in Guindy and then drove to Mahabalipuram, via the scenic East Coat Road. The two leaders visited the old temples there, where PM Modi gave his Chinese counterpart a tour of the area and then also witnessed a cultural program.