Mamallapuram all decked up for Modi-Xi meet

The two leaders are expected to visit the picturesque Mahabalipuram which is known for the temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. Xi and Modi are expected to hold one-on-one & delegation-level talks during the second edition of the meet.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held the first of its kind informal summit in Wuhan last year, setting the ball rolling for closer ties which grew from strength to strength in the year leading up to the second edition of the meet, which is scheduled to take place in Mahabalipuram from October 11 to 12.

Playing close attention to details, President Xi left no stone unturned to make Modi feel right at home at the summit last year. Right from a peacock-motif menu card which carried colours of the Indian flag, to having their own version of ‘chai pe charcha’ on a boat at the East Lake, the camaraderie shared by the two leaders was on full display in Wuhan. During the meeting spanning two days, Xi and Modi were seen taking a stroll by the East Lake in Wuhan. No aides were present with the two leaders who actively engaged with each other. The Prime Minister and the President took a boat ride at the lake after the stroll, where they discussed matters jovially over tea. Xi and Modi were also seen enjoying an instrumental rendition of the 1982 Bollywood song ‘Tu, tu hai wahi dil ne jise apna kaha’ on traditional Chinese instruments during the meet last year. The focus of the meeting will be on improving people-to-people contact &on how to maintain peace along the India-China border.

The Wuhan Summi 2017: The Wuhan summit was successful in normalising ties following the Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese troops which lasted for about 72 days in 2017.

Security heightened in Mamallapuram

Security has been heightened in Mamallapuram ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit. Besides this, national flags of India and China have been across the sprawling venue. Not Mamallapuram, preparations have also been made at Chennai Airport ahead of Xi’s arrival. The Chinese President will visit Chennai from October 11-12 for the second Informal Summit with PM Narendra Modi. The airport is being decked up traditionally with banana leaves, flower garlands, and fruits.

Will PM Modi raise Aksai Chin issue with Xi Jinping?

A day ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India, Cong leader Manish Tewari asked whether PM Modi will raise the issue of Aksai Chin with him. He tweeted and mocked NDA/BJP government through his tweet. “All are blow hards in BJP talk about taking POK & Gilgit-Baltistan back from Pak, but none of them have gumption to say that we will take Aksai-Chin back from the Chinese that was illegally ceded to it by Pak in 1963. Will @PMOIndia raise return of Askai Chin with Xi?”

The PM and the Prez took a boat ride at the lake after the stroll where they discussed matters jovially over tea in Wuhan last year.