As the Mamallapuram Summit moves to its second day, the two neighbouring nations – India and China – has got underway with the delegation-level talks at Taj Fisherman’s Cove hotel in Kovalam, Tamil Nadu.
Led by the nation heads of the two countries– Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the informal meet come after two rounds of one-to-one meetings between the duo. The first meeting was held on Friday and the second, earlier today.
Xi was accompanied by China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Politburo members on his visit to India. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar accompanied the Prime Minister.
Addressing the delegation, PM Modi said that ‘Chennai connect’ is expected to be a brand new beginning of another era in India-China relations.
Earlier last year, the two nations held its first informal summit in Wuhan, China. The meet led to a fresh stability in the neighbouring countries’ relations and gave a fresh momentum, added PM Modi. The strategic communication between India and China has also surged substantially, he added.
According to reports, the meeting will focus on international and regional issues, Foreign Secretary Vijay K Gokhale had said, and the two sides will also issue separate statements of the outcomes of the two-day informal summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi.
The agenda of the meeting is likely to find ways to improve people-to-people contact, enhance trade and on how to maintain peace and tranquillity along the 3,500-kilometer-long India-China border.
Prime Minister Modi will also host a lunch for President Xi, following which the Chinese leader will proceed to Chennai airport where he will depart for a two-day state visit to Nepal.