On the second day of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tamil Nadu's Mamallapuram, both the leaders issued statements before the delegation-level talks and after engaging in their second one-on-one meeting. As PM Modi began his statement, he spoke in Tamil to welcome the Chinese premier and his delegation. "I was speaking in Tamil. It is an ancient language. I am extending a hearty welcome to all of you and I am taking this opportunity to congratulate the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China," PM Modi said in Tamil, having also worn the traditional Veshti the previous evening as he showed Jinping around Mamallapuram's heritage locations.
The Prime Minister during his United Nations General Assembly's speech, earlier this month, had also spoken in Tamil and highlighted the significance of the language. He had recited a three-thousand-years old Tamil quote by an Indian philosopher Kaniyan Pungundranar to highlight India's beliefs of acceptance and inclusion of humanity.
Expressing that the Wuhan's spirit gave momentum to the ties between India and China, the Prime Minister in his opening statement, added that the 'Chennai Connect' will enhance the support between the two nations. He said that Indo-China ties will bring peace in the world. The Prime Minister also said that discussion in the Chennai summit has been fruitful till now. The Chinese premier, in his statement, thanked PM Modi for the warm welcome and said that he had 'heart to heart' discussions with PM Modi on bilateral relations.
Briefing about Day 1 of PM Modi and Xi Jinping's meet, the foreign secretary, Vijay Gokhale said, “the discussions between India and China included the challenges that both the countries face on the account of terrorism. There was an acknowledgement that both the countries are very complex, very diverse and both leaders said that these were large countries and radicalisation was a matter of concern to both. They agreed that both countries would work towards seeing that radicalization and terrorism would not affect the fabric of our multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious societies. There is a general sense that both the leaders had, and they would work towards overcoming it.”
Concluding a highly productive day with a pleasant conversation over a long dinner— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) October 11, 2019
PM @narendramodi & Chinese President Xi continued their exchange of views on deepening of the India-China partnership over a breathtaking Kalakshetra cultural performance followed by dinner. pic.twitter.com/bDwiFOX450
The old seaport town in Kanchipuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is the site for the visit of Chinese premier and Prime Minister Modi. The old seaport is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has a rich history. The seaport served as a gateway for import and export of goods to and fro South India and China back in the 7th century. From the informal meet between the two Asian leaders, both countries hope to explore the historical and cultural connection between Mamallapuram and China. Mamallapuram, the city of Mamalla, is named after the Pallava ruler Narasimhavarman-I. Kanchipuram was the capital of the Pallavas around the sixth century and Mamallapuram, a major seaport, was used to establish trade links with South-East Asian countries, including China.