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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.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: October 12, 2019 6:38:55 pm
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.

15:05 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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.

15:00 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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.

14:43 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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.

14:33 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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.

14:22 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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.

14:10 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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.

14:10 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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."

14:02 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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."

13:49 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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.

13:41 (IST)12 Oct 2019
Xi Jinping departs for Nepal

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

13:31 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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.

13:21 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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.

13:05 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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
13:01 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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
13:00 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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.

12:57 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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.

12:52 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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.

12:45 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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. 

12:40 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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. 

12:29 (IST)12 Oct 2019
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”.

Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping, Modi-Xi Summit, Indo-China Summit, Mahabalipuram, Mamallapuram, Security at Mahabalipuram, Modi-Xi, Chennai News, Indian Express News 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.

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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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