New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping in Mahabalipuram, outside Chennai, for a two-day informal summit on Friday and Saturday.
On the first day of the summit, Modi and Xi spent “quality time” as they visited majestic monuments built by the Pallava Dynasty in the seventh century, attended a cultural performance and held one-on-one discussions on trade and terrorism.
On the second day, Xi was received by Modi at the Tango Hall in Taj Fisherman’s Cove where the two held talks again. Calling it the “Chennai vision”, Modi said the summit was a “new beginning for cooperation between the two countries”. Xi said the two leaders had “heart to heart discussions” on bilateral relations.
India and China’s “ancient links” were reported in an article in China Daily, which said the venue for the summit, Mahabalipuram was likely chosen to boost bilateral ties.
“Analysts have said that New Delhi wants to revive the stories of centuries-old trade and cultural links between China and India,” it said.