Chinese president Xi Jinping on Friday landed in the Chennai around 2 PM, ahead of his second informal meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As the Chinese premier stepped out of his aircraft, he was welcomed by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami, Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly P Dhanapal amidst traditional music and 'poorna kumbam'. A large number of artists lined up at the airport waving colourful flags, beating drums and dancing to traditional music to welcome the Chinese leader. Xi, who was accompanied by Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi waved at the crowd. A brief cultural program was held at the airport to welcome Xi, after which his convoy left for his hotel.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi who arrived before him took to Twitter and said that he feels happy to be in the great land of Tamil Nadu. The Prime Minister went on to say that he is gladdened that Tamil Nadu is going to hold the Chinese President. He further hoped for the informal summit in Mamallapuram to strengthen ties between India and China. Prime Minister Modi and Chinese premier are scheduled to attend a cultural program on Friday evening. The details of the Cultural program are as follows:
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.
PM Modi reached Chennai on Friday around 12.30, after which he flew to Mahabalipuram helipad. Around 2, Chinese premier Xi Jinping reached Chennai. The summit between the Asian giants will begin at 5 in the evening. PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled for a guided tour to three of the monuments at Mahabalipuram. Next, both the leaders will be attending a cultural program at Shore Temple at 6 in the evening. The two leaders will then have a private dinner.