Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Chennai summit "is the start of a new era in India-China relations".
In his opening remarks at the official level meeting with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping at Taj Fishermen's Cove hotel in Kovalam off Mamallapuram, Modi said the first informal summit last year in Wuhan "led to fresh stability in our relations and gave a fresh momentum:
He said, "Strategic communication between our two countries has also increased." Welcoming the heart to heart talks with Modi, Xi Jinping in his response said: "Yesterday Prime Minister, as you said, you had engaged in candid conversations like friends, heart to heart discussions on bilateral relations. And I look forward to many more such interactions with you." The President said:" I heard your concerns on several issues and I will respond to them in due time."
Xi Jinping also said: "I am overwhelmed by your warm hospitality and I want to thank you and the people of Tamil Nadu. This will be a memorable experience for me and us". Earlier, Modi and XI had a one-on-one meeting for 50 minutes at the bullet proof cabin overlooking the Bay of Bengal in the Taj Fishermen Cove, only translators were present.
The talks begun at 11 in the morning shortly after President Xi drove down to Modi's beach resort from his ITC Grand Hotel in Chennai.
After the informal one-on-one meeting, the two were joined by delegates, eight from each, to assist them in the talks. On the Indian side were Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, besides foreign secretary Vijay K Gokhale.