The President of China, Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday have arrived in Chennai for the second informal summit at Mamallapuram near Chennai on October 11 and October 12. Along with President Xi, a number of other leaders and officials have accompanied him for this visit to India. President Xi has come with a huge delegation of more than 80 government officials including several ministers. PM Modi and President Xi will be spending three hours both on Friday and Saturday. The bilateral meet is scheduled for Saturday.
Xi Jinping's entourage includes Ding Xuexiang, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, and director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee, Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and He Lifeng, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission.
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.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is going to be in the Indian state of Chennai from October 11-12. The Tamil Nadu government has made an array of preparations ahead of the crucial informal summit between the two world leaders. The security has been beefed up from all fronts across the state, with ancient monuments and heritage sites decked up for meeting between PM Modi and Xi Jinping.
The two leaders will have guided tours of three of the most relevant heritage sites in Mahabalipuram - Arjuna's penance, Krishna's butterball and the Pancha Rathas. Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram, being a historic town has been chosen for the meeting, for having strong maritime trade connection with China since the seventh century.