This is the second such summit, the first informal summit between the PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping was held in Wuhan last year.
New Delhi| Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet in Chennai this week. The meeting will be informal and will be held on October 11-12. This is the second such summit, the first informal summit between the two leaders was held in Wuhan.
The first informal summit at Wuhan came in the backdrop of a stand-off between Indian and Chinese armies at Doklam. The two leaders had taken a lakeside walk along the East Lake. They enjoyed a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and took a boat ride. The Chinese president also hosted a lunch for the Prime Minister. A similar gesture is expected by the Indian side this time when the Chinese president comes for a visit.
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On Tuesday, the government issued a statement in which it said that the Chennai Informal Summit will provide the two nations with an opportunity to continue discussions on “bilateral, regional and global issues and exchange views on deepening India-China partnership.”
China changes stand on Kashmir:
Prior to President Xi Jinping’s proposed visit to India, China has changed its stand on the Kashmir issue. China’s Foreign Ministry said that this issue should be resolved bilaterally. Earlier, China had talked about resolving the issue as per the resolution of the United Nations and its Security Council.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang did not make any official announcement about Jinping’s visit at a press conference on Tuesday. However, Chinese officials say that Jinping’s visit to India will be announced simultaneously in Delhi and Beijing on Wednesday.