Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping began the second day of their 'informal summit' on Saturday. The two leaders exchanged one-on-one discussions and also held delegation-level talks.
Prime Minister Modi spoke about the strategic communication between the two countries and also remembered the 'first informal summit' where he met President Xi Jinping.
"Strategic communication between both nations has increased....we had promised that we will not let any dispute escalate and increase global interaction. Wuhan summit has given our ties a new momentum and trust. Today, Chennai connect marks a new era in the relation between the two countries," the PM said.
The Prime Minister also said that the Chennai has served as an important mark for cooperation.
"Tamil Nadu and the historical city of Chennai has served as an important cultural and commercial link between India and China. After Wuhan spirit, Chennai vision has started a new era of cooperation between the two countries, " he said.
Before the one-on-one meeting, locals held a grand welcome for both the leaders. People held placards and pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. People also wore traditional clothes and performed folk songs.
Tamil Nadu: Locals hold placards with pictures of PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping and traditional folk musicians perform at Kovalam. Both the leaders will meet here later today. pic.twitter.com/FK2fTyn3Fd— ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2019
The Prime Minister also met the Chinese president for a one-on-one meeting. The leaders engaged in 'heart-to-heart' discussions on bilateral relations. The Chinese President said,
"We engaged in a candid discussion as friends in this heart-to-heart discussion on bilateral relations."
Chinese President Xi Jinping was given a tour by PM Modi of the heritage sites of Arjuna's Penance, Krishna's Butterball, Pancha Ratha and Shore Temple in the ancient temple town of Mamallapuram. This was the first day of the 'informal summit' between the leaders.