Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Chennai, will meet PM Modi at Mamallapuram

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Oct 11, 2019, 02.03 PM(IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Chennai. Photograph:( ANI )

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After his arrival in Mamallapuram, President Xi and PM Modi will be taken on a guided tour to three monuments. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at the Chennai airport on Friday afternoon to witness a red-carpet welcome and a rousing display of performances by folk dancers. 

President Xi was received by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

He will be heading to the coastal town of Mahabalipuram/Mamallapuram for the second India-China informal summit with PM Narendra Modi

After his arrival in Mamallapuram, President Xi and PM Modi will be taken on a guided tour to three UNESCO world heritage sites - Arjuna’s Penance, Panch Rathas and Shore temple - in the evening.

Later in the day, the two leaders will attend a cultural performance at Shore temple after which the prime minister will host dinner for the visiting Chinese president. Local Tamil cuisine, including Thakkali Rasam, Arachavitta Sambar, Kadalai Kuruma and Kavanarasi Halwa, will be served to Chinese President at dinner today.

On Saturday, India and China will hold delegation-level talks. PM Modi will host a lunch for the Chinese president before his departure to Nepal. 

The duration of the engagement between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi will be around 6 hours. The one-on-one meeting between the leaders will last around 40 minutes. Both sides to issue press statements, news agency ANI reported. 

The meet comes in the backdrop of Beijing supporting Islamabad in raising the matter of abrogation of Article 370. 

China had criticised New Delhi's move on Kashmir. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi raised the matter at the UN General Assembly last month.

India continues to maintain that the abrogation of Article 370 is an internal matter.

The leaders are expected to hold talks on boosting bilateral ties, trade, connectivity, border security and resolving regional and global issues during the summit.