Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu for his second informal summit with PM Modi on Friday. Amid the celebrations in Mahabalipuram where the two world leaders will meet and hold a series of meetings, details of the dinner menu of the Chinese President have been accessed. As per sources, Xi Jinping will be given a ‘Taste of India’ with a special focus on South Indian delicacies in his dinner on Friday.
At a special dinner hosted by PM Modi in honour of the Chinese President in Mamallapuram in the evening, the choicest of Indian culinary delights are going to be put on display. Sources have added that special focus of the dinner for evening is placed on showcasing the diverse cuisines of South India.
From Kadalai Kuruma and Kavanarasi Halwa to Thakkali Rasam and Arachavitta Sambar, the menu on offer is going to reflect the enormous diversity of south Indian culinary traditions. Regional cuisines like Chettinad and Karaikudi will also be put on display at the visiting dignitary’s dinner table on Friday evening.
A special cultural program has also been hosted by the Prime Minister which will showcase performances of various dance forms including Alarippu, Tillana and Shanthi Nilava. Sources have added that duration of the engagement between PM Modi and Xi Jinping will be six hours. Furthermore, sources have said that there will be a one-on-one meeting between the two leaders for almost 40 minutes in the evening, with press statements to be released from both sides. During the two-day visit to Tamil Nadu, PM Modi and Xi Jinping will visit three iconic monuments of Mamallapuram, including Arjuna’s Penance, Panch Rathas and the Shore temple.
Ahead of his arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Chennai, the Chinese state-run media has made a big statement on India-China relations. In an article published in China's mouthpiece Global Times, China has said that the 21st century cannot be Asia's century without the cooperation of the two countries.
"Chinese companies have in recent years proactively participated in India's initiatives, such as "Make in India" and "Digital India," expanding investment in the country's industrial parks and e-commerce, creating substantial job opportunities in India. India's investment in China is also rising." the article reads.
(With ANI inputs)