'Chennai connect' marks new era in India-China relations: PM Modi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at Taj Fisherman's Cove hotel in Kovalam. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Oct 12, 2019, 12.17 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Shortly after concluding their one-on-one discussion on day-2 of the second informal India-China summit, PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held delegation-level talks at a resort in Chennai's Kovalam on Saturday. 

The prime minister stated that strategic communication between the two countries has increased. He said that it was decided that the two countries will resolve differences in a "prudent" manner and not let them turn into disputes.

"We had decided that we will remain sensitive towards each other's issues," PM added. 

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New momentum

The prime minister said that last year's informal summit in Wuhan, China "instilled a new momentum and trust in our relations and today's 'Chennai connect' is the start of a new era in India-China relations". 

"The first informal summit between India and China last year in Wuhan led to fresh stability in our relations and gave a fresh momentum." he said. 

PM Modi congratulated Xi for the completion of 70 years of Chinese national day.

"Since the last 2,000 years, India and China have been the major economic powers and now also we are doing the same," PM Modi said. 

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Like friends

Chinese President Xi Jinping said that on Friday he engaged in candid conversations "like friends" with PM Modi. We held "heart to heart discussions on bilateral relations," Xi said.

"We are really overwhelmed by your hospitality. My colleagues and I have felt that very strongly. This will be a memorable experience for us," President Xi said. 

Bonhomie

Political and economic commentator Einar Tangen, in an exclusive conversation to WION, said that the summit, the engagement between the two leaders "looked very good". 

"It is all about the optics and it looked very good. The leaders looked very comfortable with each other," Tangen said. 

Real asset

Former ambassador to China, Ashok Kamta said that the Mamallapuram summit "takes forward an important process that started at Wuhan". 

"I would regard this as a real asset," Kamta noted.

The Chinese President arrived at the Chennai airport on Friday amid a rousing welcome. Shortly after his arrival, he left for Mamallapuram where the two leaders visited three UNESCO heritage sites and soaked in the cultural diversity of South India. 

PM Modi received President Xi at the Arjuna's Penance in traditional south Indian attire--veshti and angavastram, a south Indian garment draped over the shoulder. Both leaders were seen immersed in a friendly chat with PM Modi explaining to Xi the historical importance of the sites. 

Trade and terror were the focus of the first day of 2nd India-China informal summit in Mamallapuram. The two leaders spent around five hours of "quality time" with each other on Friday.