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PM Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping informal summit at Mahabalipuram live updates: The two leaders will meet again today at the Tango Hall in Taj Fisherman’s Cove, which will be followed by delegation-level talks.

Modi Xi Summit, Mahabalipuram
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping engage in delegation-level talks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off their two-day informal summit on Friday, the second one after the Wuhan edition last year, at Mahabalipuram about 50 km from Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai. Clad in a simple, white dhoti and shirt, Modi received Xi in front of Arjuna’s Penance, a stone sculpture at Mahabalipuram.

The two leaders held a two-and-half-hour conversation over dinner during which they discussed a range of issues including the challenges being faced by both the countries on account of terrorism.

“Both leaders said they were large countries, and that radicalisation was a matter of concern to both. And that both would work together. The two leaders also discussed issues pertaining to the trade deficit and how to enhance the trade volume, and tried to identify areas of investments,” Gokhale said.

Modi and Xi will meet again today at the Tango Hall in Taj Fisherman’s Cove, which will be followed by delegation-level talks. There will press statements from both sides and no joint statement or MoUs are expected.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu live news updates today:  Follow our LIVE blog as Modi and Xi will begin day 2 of their informal summit today. For updates in Tamil, follow our IE Tamil Live Blog.

Traffic restrictions lifted in Chennai

Following the conclusion of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Chennai City Police have lifted all restrictions on the movement of traffic in the city. Restrictions along East Coast Road (ECR), Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), Guindy, Kathipara Junction, Anna Salai and GST Road have been lifted and traffic movement has been restored to normalcy.

Modi thanks political parties, socio-cultural organisations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his thanks to the various political parties and socio-cultural organisations in Tamil Nadu and expressed his gratitude for their support and hospitality during the two-day informal summit.

PM Modi leaves for New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed for New Delhi on Saturday afternoon. The Prime Minister had taken a car to Thiruvadanthai in Kancheepuram district from where he had taken a chopper to reach the Chennai International Airport.

Modi reaches Chennai Airport

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the Chennai International Airport on Saturday afternoon. Modi had taken a helicopter to the airport from Thiruvadanthai. 

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Speaker P Dhanapal, DGP J K Tripathy and other AIADMK and BJP cadre were present at the aiport to see the Prime Minister off.

Modi thanks people of Tamil Nadu for hospitality

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his thanks to the people of Tamil Nadu on Saturday and said, "As always, their warmth and hsopitality was outstanding." (sic)

Modi also thanked the State government for organising the summit in Mahabalipuram efficiently.

Modi leaves for Chennai; Reaches Thiruvadanthai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed for Chennau following the conclusion of the two-day informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mahabalipuram on Saturday. Modi reached Thiruvadanthai in Kancheepuram district by car and took a chopper to the Chennai International Airport.

Mamallapuram was specifically chosen by PM : Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale brushed aside the allegations that there were alternative venues to hold the informal summit between India and China. "PM specifically chose this venue as Tamil Nadu has rich culture and trade connection with China. We thank the state government for co-operating with us in organising this summit."

Kashmir Issue was not discussed in the informal summit : Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale

Addressing a press conference, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, said "Kashmir issue was not raised and not discussed. Our position is anyways very clear that this is an internal matter of India."

PM Modi thanks Chinese President Xi Jinping for coming to India

PM Narendra Modi thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for coming to India. He added that the Chennai connect will add great momentum to Indian-China relations and it will benefit the people of both nations and the world.

Xi Jinping departs for Nepal

Chinese President Xi Jinping departed for Nepal from the Chennai International Airport on Saturday afternoon. 

Xi Jinping reaches Chennai airport

Chinese President Xi Jinping reached the Chennai International Airport. Following a successful two-day summit at Mahabalipuram, the President will be departing for Nepal from Chennai in the afternoon. 

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Speaker P Dhanapal and other AIADMK cadre were present at the aiport to see the President off.

Movement of vehicles curbed

The Chennai City Police have curbed movement of traffic along Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), Adyar and Guindy ahead of the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping's convoy.

Artists to perform enroute

With Xi Jinping's convoy enroute the ITC Grand Chola Hotel at Guindy, hundreds of artists have lined the roads to perform for the Chinese President. The cultural performances will include Thappattam, Mayilattam, Bommalattam, etc.

Bommalattam dancers line up to cheer Xi Jinping. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Xi Jinping leaves for Chennai

Following the conclusion of their delegation-level talks, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping left for Chennai. The convoy is expected to pass along East Coast Road (ECR) before heading along Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) towards the Chennai International Airport.

School children line up to greet Xi Jinping as the convoy passes. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Modi, Xi conclude talks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping concluded their delgation-level talks on Day 2 of their informal summit at Mahabalipuram. The two leaders had been engaged in an hour-long discussion at the Tango Hall in Taj Fisherman's Cove, a resort at Kovalam near Chennai.

Modi, Xi attend exhibition on artefacts and handloom

After the delegation-level talk, PM Modi and Xi attended an exhibition on artefacts and handloom at Taj Fishermen's Cove. The Chinese premier was gifted a 'ponnadai' (Silk Shawl) with his face printed on it specially made by a group of Sirumugai weavers in Tamil Nadu.

Xi Jinping expresses desire to continue with informal summits in the future

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke about the progress that India and China had made in their relationship following the first informal summit in Wuhan in 2018 and the second summit at Mahabalipuram this year and said that the duo had made the right decision in conducting these informal summits. He also expressed his desire to have more informal summits in the future.

Xi commends Modi on informal summits

Speaking about the informal summits that the duo had had at Wuhan last year and at Mahabalipuram this year, Chinese President Xi Jinping lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiative to have informal summits and termed them 'a good idea'. Xi continued that the informal summit at Wuhan has continued to produce visible progress over the past one year, with deeper strategic communication, effective practical cooperation and closer cooperation on multilateral occasions. 

Have engaged in candid discussions as friends: Xi tells Modi

Speaking about their informal summit at Mahabalipuram, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the due had engaged in candid discussions as friends. 

T M Krishna claims ‘discrimination’ of arts during Modi-Xi summit in Mahabalipuram

Carnatic singer T M Krishna Saturday claimed there was “discrimination of the arts and its practitioners” during the cultural performances organised for Chinese President Xi Jinping during the India-China informal summit on Friday. He said classical performers were given the “respectful” proscenium stage while folk artists performed at airports. Krishna said it wasn’t a celebration of Indian culture, but of “casteism”.

Chennai vision will set a new begining in India-China relations : PM Modi at delegation level talk with China

Heaping praise on the city that paved the way for the historic summit, PM Modi said "After today's Chennai Vision, a new beginning will be made for cooperation between the two countries."

We have decided to manage our differences prudently : PM Modi at delegation level talk with China

Beginning his speech in Tamil, Modi called for a sensitive approach towards's each other's concern. At the beginning of the delegation-level talks, PM Modi said "We have decided to manage our differences prudently", and will not let them become disputes".

Indian Embassy at Beijing to ease e-visa policy for Chinese nationals

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President attended the informal summit in Mahabalipuram where they discussed trade and the threats that the nations faced from radicalization, the Indian Embassy at Beijing announced that it will further ease its e-visa policy for Chinese nationals. Effective this month, “Chinese nationals can apply for e-tourist visa of five years validity with multiple entries. The visa fee for this 5-year multiple entry e-TV will be USD 80,” stated a press release from the embassy in Bejing.

“It is anticipated that this unilateral liberalisation of e-TV for Chinese nationals will further enhance people-to-people exchanges between the two countries and encourage more Chinese tourists to choose India as a destination for tourism purposes,” the release said.

Read full story | Modi-Xi summit: On shores of Mahabalipuram, ironing out a sea of differences

Modi, Xi wrap up tête-à-tête

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met at the Taj Fisherman's Cove resort in Kovalam for a brief tête-à-tête on Saturday morning. After wrapping up the tête-à-tête, the leaders will now adjourn to the Tango Hall in the resort, where they will be engaging in delagation-level talks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping at Kovalam. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Modi, Xi talk trade, threat faced from radicalization on Day 1 of summit

Picking up from Wuhan where they met in April last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Day 1 of their second informal summit, Friday said that “radicalisation was a matter of concern” to both countries and they would work together to see that radicalisation and terror do not affect the fabric of the multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies in their countries.

Disclosing what transpired at the 150-minute one-on-one discussion between the two leaders in the seaside town of Mahabalipuram near Chennai, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said both leaders felt that radicalisation and terror was a “common challenge” for both countries which are “diverse” and “complex”. "The two leaders also discussed issues pertaining to the trade deficit and how to enhance the trade volume, and tried to identify areas of investments,” Gokhale said.

Read full piece | Mahabalipuram Summit: Modi and Xi talk trade, terror and threat they face from radicalisation

OMR to be blocked at 11 am

The Chennai City Police have announced that vehicle movement along Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) will be curbed at 11 am. Vehicles heading towards the city and towards Sholinganallur can ply along the road between 10 am and 11 am.

Modi receives Jinping at Kovalam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Taj Fisherman's Cove at Kovalam on Saturday morning. After a brief tea break, the two leaders will adjourn to the Tango Hall in the resort, where they will be engaging in delegation-level talks.

Modi shares pictures from morning walk

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and shared a few pictures as he enjoyed a morning walk along the beach at Mahabalipuram.  

Traffic restored on OMR

The Chennai City Police have lifted traffic restrictions along Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) temporarily. MRTS services at Kasturibai Nagar, Indiranagar and Thiruvanmiyur stations have resumed.

Motorcade crosses Holiday Inn Junction

Chinese President Xi Jinping's convoy crossed the Holiday Inn Junction on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) enroute Kovalam. The convoy will head to Sholinganallur Junction on OMR before proceeding along East Coast Road (ECR).

Xi Jinping leaves for Kovalam

Chinese President Xi Jinping's convoy has left for Kovalam from the ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Guindy. The convoy will be passing along Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) before heading on to East Coast Road (ECR).

Xi Jinping's convoy enroute Kovalam. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Bus services along OMR halted

Bus services along Old Mahabalipuram Road were halted a while ago in anticipation of Chinese President Xi Jinping's commute from the ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Guindy to Taj Fisherman's Cove resort in Kovalam.

Modi takes plogging drive on the beach

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a 30-minute plogging drive on a beach at Mahabalipuram on Saturday morning ahead of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Taj Fisherman's Cove after 10 am. 

MRTS services on OMR halted

With Xi Jinping's convoy expected to pass along Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) soon, Southern Railway has halted MRTS services at Kasturibai Nagar, Indira Nagar and Thiruvanmiyur stations.

Shops along OMR have been asked to down their shutters. Express Photo: Shivani Ramakrishnan

Cultural performances planned enroute Kovalam

With Xi Jinping's convoy expected to pass through Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and East Coast Road (ECR), artists are gearing up to perform various cultural performances such as Karakattam, Kavadiattam, Bommalattam, Nadaswaram, Tavi, Poi Kaal Kudhiraattam, etc.

Traffic restricted along ECR, OMR, GST Road

Movement of traffic along East Coast Road (ECR) from Palavakkam to Kovalam has been closed for public. Vehicular restrictions have also been imposed along Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and roads leading to OMR. Vehicles intending to travel along OMR have been re-routed at Madhya Kailash junction towards Adyar.

The police have also curbed movement of traffic along GST Road.

Xi Jinping's convoy is expected to pass along OMR at 09:30 am. Express Photo: Shivani Ramakrishnan

Traffic restrictions in Chennai today

The Chennai City Police have imposed restrictions on the movement of traffic along Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and East Coast Road (ECR), with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping set to attend talks at Kovalam, near Chennai today.

07:30 am to 2 pm: Vehicles proceeding towards the city along Rajiv Gandhi IT Expressway/Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) will be diverted at Sholinganallur towards Perumbakkam.

7 am to 1:30 pm: Vehicles will be barred from entering Muttukadu at Akkarai junction on ECR.

Educational institutions, IT companies, commercial establishments and the general public who would be commuting in the above-mentioned routes have been advised by the city police to plan their trip to avoid traffic snarls and diversion.

Read full story | Modi-Xi summit in Chennai: Traffic restrictions imposed; here are roads and places to avoid

OMR has been closed for public entry until 09:30 am. Express Photo: Shivani Ramakrishnan

Modi, Xi delegation-level talks at Taj Fisherman’s Cove today

After a "highly productive" meeting on the first day of the informal summit, Modi and Xi will meet again today at the Tango Hall in Taj Fisherman’s Cove, which will be followed by delegation-level talks. There will press statements from both sides and no joint statement or MoUs are expected.

Xi Jinping reaches Chennai

Chinese President Xi Jinping reached the ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Guindy a few minutes ago. The President will be leaving for Kovalam around 9 am on Saturday, where he will be joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi for delegation level talks. 

Traffic restored on OMR

The Chennai City Police have allowed vehicles to ply along Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) after more than two hours.

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Dancers rehearse ahead of their cultural performance at the summit.

Nearly 7,000 students on the road to cheer the two leaders, 9,000 police personnel, 700 performers, stringent traffic curbs, 500 CCTV cameras and 24/7 vigil along the coast.

READ | TN goes all out for Modi-Xi summit: 9,000 policemen, 7,000 students, 700 artists lined up

With Chinese President Xi Jinping’s set to attend the informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mahabalipuram, 55 km from Chennai, Tamil Nadu is going all out to ensure that the pieces are in place for the 200-member delegation from China.

All eyes will be on the temple town which is home to various stone sculptures and temples carved during the Pallava era.

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