Modi-Jinping informal summit concludes, new mechanism of trade, defence ties in focus

Xi and Modi held their second informal meeting in the picturesque southern Indian town following their first in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in April 2018.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed that it was important to deal with the challenges of terrorism and radicalisation in an increasingly complex world.

"Both leaders agreed that it was important to deal with the challenges of terrorism and radicalisation in an increasingly complex world. Both are leaders of countries, which are not only large in terms of areas and population but also in terms of diversity," , said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said on Saturday during a special press briefing following the culmination of the two-day summit.

Here's all that happened:

12 October 2019
15:04 PM

PM Narendra Modi leaves for Delhi after concluding the second informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

13:45 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping departs for Nepal. He was on a 2-day visit to India for the second informal summit with PM Narendra Modi in Mahabalipuram. 

13:44 PM

After two days of Indo-China informal summit in Mamallapuram and Kovalam, Xi Jinping departed from Taj Fisherman's Cove hotel in Kovalam for Chennai. He will shortly leave India. 

12:34 PM

PM Modi showcases India's handloom to Chinese President. 

12:33 PM

PM Modi, Chinese President attend exhibition on Indian artefacts, handloom at Taj Fisherman's Cove hotel in Kovalam, Tamil Nadu.

12:17 PM

We had decided that we will manage our differences prudently and won't allow them to turn into disputes. We will remain sensitive about our concerns and our relationship will contribute towards peace and stability in the world: PM Modi

12:17 PM

We have decided to manage our difference prudently and will not let them become disputes: PM Modi

12:01 PM

The Wuhan summit instilled a new momentum and trust in our relations and today's 'Chennai vision' is the start of a new era in India-China relations" PM Modi

11:59 AM

We are really overwhelmed by your hospitality. Me and my colleagues have felt that very strongly. This will be a memorable experience for me and us: Xi Jinping

11:55 AM

Composition of the 1+ 8 memeber Indian delegation in talks with China:

PM Narendra Modi
External Affairs Minister: Dr.S Jaishankar
National Security Advisor to PM: Ajit Doval
Principal Secretary to PM: PK Misra
Foreign Secretary: Vijay Gokhale
Indian Ambassador to China: Vikram Misri
Joint Secretary PMO: Gopal Bagley
Joint Secretary East Asia: Naveen Srivastav

11:55 AM

Yesterday, Prime Minister as you said, you and I had engaged in candid conversations like friends, heart to heart discussions on bilateral relations: Chinese President Xi Jinping

11:52 AM

Chennai connect marks a new beginning. Difference between the two nations will be tackled maturely: PM Modi

11:50 AM

The first informal summit between India and China last year in Wuhan led to fresh stability in our relations and gave a fresh momentum. Strategic communication between our two countries has also increased: PM Modi ahead of the delegation-level talks.

11:50 AM

There have been deep cultural and trade relations between China and the state of Tamil Nadu. For most part of the last 2000 years, India and China have been economic powers: PM Modi

11:49 AM

Delegation level talks between Indian and China begin. PM Narendra Modi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale among others are present.

11:32 AM

PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Taj Fisherman's Cove hotel in Kovalam. Watch:

11:20 AM

Glimpses of PM Modi during the informal talk with Chinese President at Taj Fisherman's Cove hotel in Kovalam.

11:20 AM

The informal talk held in a closed-door between the two leaders concludes after almost one hour. Modi and Jinping will now engage in delegation-level talks. 

10:46 AM

For the second day of the summit, the Prime Minister opted for a Kurta and Pajama, along with his statement Modi jacket. He had carried out all engagements on the first day of the summit in traditional Tamil attire, including a veshti, white half-sleeved shirt and angvastram.

Xi, on the other hand, wore a black suit without a tie on Saturday, signifying the informal nature of the summit. 

10:35 AM

Meeting between PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping is currently underway. Terrorism, enhancement of trade and maintaining tranquility along the India-China border among other range of issues are expected to feature in the discussion between the two leaders. 

10:34 AM

Here are few glimpses of PM Modi and Chinese president:

10:31 AM

The Chennai City Police have announced that vehicle movement along Old Mahabalipuram Road will be curbed at 11 am. Vehicles heading towards the city and towards Sholinganallur can ply along the road between 10 am and 11 am.

Heavy vehicles, goods vehicles, light goods carriers and tanker lorries will not be allowed to enter GST Road (from Airport to Kathippara), Anna Salai (Kathippara to Little Mount), Sardar Patel road, Rajiv Gandhi Salai (OMR) and East Coast Road (ECR) between 6 am-11 am. 

10:25 AM

PM Modi receives Xi Jinping at Taj Fishermen's Cove at Kovalam. After a brief tea break, the two leaders adjourned to Tango Hall in the resort, where they will engage in delegation-level talk.

10:25 AM

Meeting underway between PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Taj Fisherman's Cove hotel in Kovalam.

10:20 AM

PM Narendra Modi welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at Taj Fisherman's Cove hotel in Kovalam, Tamil Nadu. 

10:19 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping and PM Modi arrived at Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort and Spa in Mamallapuram. The two leaders will engage in a one-on-one meeting, which is slated to last for 50 minutes. Following this, high-level delegation talks will take place between India and China.  

10:19 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping's convoy left for Kovalam from the ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Guindy. The convoy crossed along Old Mahabalipuram Road before heading on to East Coast Road (ECR).

10:18 AM

PM Narendra Modi took a 30-minute plogging drive on a beach at Mahabalipuram on Saturday morning ahead of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Taj Fisherman's Cove after 10 am. 

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