The Prime Minister said on Saturday his second informal summit with the Chinese President in Chennai here heralds the start of a new era in India-China relations. The ‘Chennai vision’, he hoped, would build on the first informal summit between India and China last year in Wuhan that had given fresh stability and momentum in bilateral relations.
Strategic communication between the two countries has led to increased stability, he underlined in his opening remarks at the beginning of delegation-level talks. Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi have met 17 times at structured summits and two informal summits, including the one in Mamallapuram. He recalled that at the Wuhan meeting, they had decided not to allow differences to fester into disputes.
Mr. Modi began the second day of the informal summit by 'plogging’' on the beach behind his luxury hotel. He was televised picking up trash from the beach while exercising and taking in the scenery. With no one present on the entire beach and a couple of TV cameras for company, the PM, dressed in a black tracksuit, picked up the trash with bare hands.
Later he paced in the foyer of the beach resort while waiting for Mr. Xi to arrive and then sat next to the driver in a battery-operated vehicle while Mr. Xi and the interpreters sat behind him as they drove down to a retreat at the resort for nearly 45 minutes of one-to-one talks, picking up the threads from Friday’s five hours of discussions between them, including at a sumptuous dinner which stretched late into the night.
The Chinese President left for Nepal after wrapping up talks with Mr. Modi. He had met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, invited at China’s request, two days before leaving for India.