Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would engage for a total period of six hours during the second the day of the Modi-Xi Second Informal Summit in Mahabalipuram from October 11 to 12. According to reports, the Chinese Premier’s schedule for Saturday starts with his arrival at the Taj Fisherman’s Cove Resort and Spa followed where he said to partake in 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 press statements. The delegation-level talks will take place following the one-on-one engagement. "The process started in June when the first team came here for recce," the source also stated.
Local Tamil delicacies were served to the visiting Chinese dignitary in the dinner hosted by Modi in Xi's honour on Friday. The dinner which was scheduled to be approximately around 45 minutes to one hour, lasted for long three hours which speaks volumes about the rapport shared between the two global leaders. Raveesh Kumar, Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, also tweeted about the three-hour-long dinner and said that the leaders exchanged views on deepening ties between New Delhi and Beijing.
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 Second Informal Summit takes forward the 'Wuhan spirit' which was forged during the inaugural meet between the two leaders in the Chinese city in 2018. The Wuhan Informal Summit, held from April 27 to 28 last year, saw the two leaders indulge in candid conversations in a relaxed environment. Last year's meet played a crucial role in easing bilateral ties after the 72-day long Doklam standoff which occurred between Indian and Chinese troops in 2017. The incident was triggered by the Chinese side trying to undertake construction work in the trijunction area India, China, and Bhutan border. After several rounds of negotiations, India and China decided to mutually disengage. The Mahabalipuram Informal Summit will provide an opportunity to the Chinese President and PM Modi to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance and to exchange views on deepening India-China Closer Development Partnership, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. This summit will mostly be similar to the one in Wuhan.
(Inputs from ANI)