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Xi Jinping arrives in Chennai for two-day informal meet with Narendra Modi

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister E. Palaniswami and others received Xi Jinping upon his arrival at the airport

Chennai: Chinese President Xi Jinping today arrived in Chennai for a two-day summit with PM Modi. The meeting will be informal in nature. The Chinese president was welcomed by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palaniswami and governor Banwarilal Purohit.

At Chennai airport, Poorna Kumbam was accorded to Chinese President Xi Jinping. Priests from Mylapore Kapalashwar temple accorded this highest honour of the Hindu tradition.

PM Narendra Modi, arrived in Chennai arrived in the city in the morning and headed towards Mamallapuram.¬† A cultural performance was put together by India’s prominent cultural group-Kalakshetra, which was set up by Classical dancer and activist Rukmini Devi Arundale in 1936.

Tamil Nadu’s picturesque seaside town of Mamallapuram is all geared up to host the summit.¬†Security has been tightened at Mamallapuram and Chennai. The state police have deployed thousands of security forces and installed CCTV cameras at several places.

According to the sources, the duration of engagement between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi will be of six hours. The one-to-one meeting will be for almost 40 minutes. Both sides to issue press statements. Local Tamil cuisine will be served to President Xi at dinner today.

Today students from schools and colleges and others welcomed Xi by waving Indian and Chinese national flags on his way to ITC Grand Chola Hotel from the airport and from there to Mamallapuram.

Chinese President is accompanied by Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi. Both are scheduled to hold separate talks with their Indian counterparts S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

Ahead of his arrival, roads and pavements have been re-relaid and walls painted.

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