Published: Sat, October 12, 2019

Xi arrives in India for informal meeting with Modi

Xi arrives in India for informal meeting with Modi

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held "productive" talks with on Friday as part of the second India-China informal summit in the southern coastal town of Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu, with both looking to chart a new course for bilateral ties over the next few decades despite a series of irritants that have cropped up between the two nations.

Xi's visit to India came two days after he held talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing. The comment was in the context of tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi scrapped a temporary provision in its constitution that gave special status to Kashmir and integrated the region more closely with India.

"Both leaders said that these were large countries and that radicalisation was a matter of concern to both, and that both would work together to see that radicalisation and terrorism did not affect the fabric of our multicultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious societies", Gokhale told reporters. Xi is scheduled to visit Nepal after his India meet, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying had announced on Wednesday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves to local people upon his arrival in Chennai, India on October 11, 2019.

"Frankly, the optics surrounding this visit don't look very promising at the moment", Harsh Pant, an worldwide relations professor at King's College London, told AFP.

Receiving Xi at the entrance, Modi also extended warm welcome to the Chinese president.

India and China share a 3,500 km (2,200 mile) border, over which they went to war in 1962.


The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader and long an aggravation for China, has been allowed to live in and travel the world from his base at Dharamsala in northern India since 1959.

China's state run Xinhua news agency reported that Xi and Modi agreed to promote exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations to achieve joint development and prosperity during their meeting on Friday.

Their latest meeting, over elaborate meals and dance performances at Mahabalipuram on Friday and Saturday, is aimed at building on that.

Modi took Xi on a personal tour of temple monuments dating back to the seventh and eighth century at Mamallapuram in southern India when regional leaders had trade ties with Chinese provinces.

China, on its part, has been reportedly unhappy about Indian military exercises in Arunachal Pradesh, some 100km from the undemarcated border between the two countries. Gokhale said the leaders talked about enhancing trade and investment, "and this also obviously included the issue of the trade deficit" Delhi has with Beijing.

Huawei's "contribution to India's economic and social development is obvious to all", China's foreign ministry said this week, hoping Delhi would make "independent and objective judgments and decisions".

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