Xi, Modi meet to promote China-India mutual learning for shared prosperity

  • Xi, Modi meet to promote China-India mutual learning for shared prosperity

Xi, Modi meet to promote China-India mutual learning for shared prosperity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Talaminadu's Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram, as it is now known. He recalled their first informal summit at China's Wuhan a year ago that gave "a fresh momentum" and boosted "strategic communication between our two countries".

The Indian Express newspaper quoted unnamed sources as saying Modi would urge Xi to be more "sensitive" to India's concerns, and to "explain to the Chinese president the reasons behind Delhi's decision on Kashmir".

During Xi's trip from hotel to Mahabalipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu, people from all walks of life, including young students, lined the streets waving Chinese and Indian national flags, with young men and women in Indian traditional costumes singing and dancing, to welcome the Chinese president for his visit.

Earlier on Friday, he unleashed a charm offensive on XI, taking him on a personal tour of temples and monuments in the coastal town of Mamallapuram which has historical India-China ties.PHOTOThey also had extensive talks over dinner at which Xi was treated to range of local specialties from the region.

That meeting went beyond schedule, with the leaders talking for two and a half hours. He landed in Chennai on Friday afternoon and met PM Modi in Mamallapuram.

Of course, there has been no shortage of mutual praise and reference to history. "We are able to bring forth closer cooperation between both countries", Xi said, while adding that the discussions have been "very in-depth" and "good".

The talks continued on Saturday as well and the leaders of both the nations vowed to jointly combat terrorism and radicalisation, signalling a recalibration of bilateral ties.

However, the following year Xi and Modi patched things up in China's Wuhan.

The leaders will discuss bilateral issues and forging a partnership between the two countries. The wisdom from the two countries' ancient and profound civilizations can provide inspiration for solving various challenges facing the world today, said the Indian prime minister.

Saturday marks the second day of President Xi's visit to India for the second informal summit.