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Modi-Xi summit is informal, says Govt
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Modi-Xi summit is informal, says Govt

S.Murari

President Xi Jinping will be in India on a two-day visit starting Friday, with an informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi near Chennai. India and China made the announcement simultaneously on Wednesday morning, just two days before the summit.

The Chennai Informal Summit is the third meeting between Modi and Xi Jinping since Modi's re-election and their second informal meet since the Wuhan summit last year.

The summit will take place in the ancient coastal town of Mamallapuram near Chennai. The Chinese President will arrive in Chennai on October 11 afternoon (Friday) and will leave 24 hours later.

President Xi will check into ITS Grant Hotel near the airport. From there, he will go by helicopter to Mamallapuram where he will have a summit meeting with Prime Minister Modi near the shore temple. Temporary tents have been put up near the temple for the summit.

They will fly back to Chennai for overnight stay after witnessing a dance performance.

Back in Chennai, President Xi will attend a dinner hosted by Modi . Both leaders will hold more talks before Mr Xi leaves on Saturday.

The meeting between PM Modi and Mr Xi is totally unstructured, and so, no memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed and no joint statements will be issued, government sources have said. The aim , they say, is to build contacts at the highest level and exchange views on key issues.

Ahead of the visit, President Xi made it clear during his visit to Islamabad that Kashmir is a bilateral issue, significantly omitting China’s recent references to the UN and UN Security Council resolutions.

Government sources say as far as Ladakh is concerned, India claims "a certain boundary in its map

“That's our perception and the Chinese have their perception of the boundary and those haven't changed after making Ladakh a Union Territory" following the abrogation of Art 370.

Terrorism, including training, financing and any other support to terror groups, will be a key issue the two leaders will discuss at the summit. Trade, defence and border issues too will also be discussed. Sources say both sides are also looking at possible additional confidence-building measures for the India-China border which may be announced later when there are meetings on defence exchanges.