Foreign Secretary Vijay K Gokhale addressed the media after Chinese president Xi Jinping’s two-day informal summit in India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said the two leaders discussed trade, investment and services at an elevated level, but the Kashmir issue was not discussed by them.
President Jinping and PM Modi held delegation-level talks on the second day in Tamil Nadu’s coastal town of Mamallapuram.
The two leaders on Friday went on a guided tour of monuments at the UNESCO World Heritage site, watched cultural performances and had a traditional Tamil dinner hosted by PM Modi.
The Wuhan Informal Summit in 2018
The first informal summit between the two neighbours was held last year in the Chinese city of Wuhan. It enabled the two countries to normalise the relations on all fronts after the 73-day standoff between the two militaries at Doklam in 2017.
The standoff ended with both sides withdrawing from the site after the Chinese military called off its road building plans.
Xi Jinping to Visit India for Informal Summit, Confirms Chinese Govt
Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India from 11 to 12 October to take part in the second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders are expected to hold comprehensive talks on a host of issues concerning the bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues.
Xi will attend the second informal meeting with Modi at Mamallapuram near Chennai from October 11 to 12 and pay a state visit to Nepal on 13 October, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying announced on Wednesday.
Trade, political relations, ways to deal with terror are expected to be discussed in Modi-Xi summit, sources told PTI, adding that the two countries are likely to hold an anti-terror exercise in December 2019.
Kashmir India's Internal Matter, Beijing Well Aware Of That: MEA Reiterates
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold talks in Tamil Nadu's Mamallapuram amidst lingering unease in ties over Kashmir with India asserting that it is an internal matter.
Hours after India and China announced Xi's visit to India, the Chinese state media quoted the Chinese President as telling Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during their meeting in Beijing that China has been "paying close attention" to the situation in Kashmir and the "facts are clear."
According to the Xinhua news agency, the Chinese President also hoped that the "relevant parties" can solve the issue through peaceful dialogue.
Reacting sharply to reports of Xi and Khan discussing Kashmir, External Affairs Ministry said Beijing is "well aware" of New Delhi's position and it is not for other countries to comment on its internal affairs.
Modi-Xi to Hold Meeting at Shore Temple in Mamallapuram
Government sources in New Delhi said Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to arrive in Chennai early afternoon on Friday, 11 October. PM Narendra Modi will take him to the famous world heritage site of Shore temple complex in Mamallapuram and both of them will have a meeting at the site.
The effort would be to chart broader pathways for development as also deepen ties in key areas, including counter-terrorism, sources said, adding the China-India counter-terror exercise is expected to be held later this year.
Both leaders will also witness a cultural programme following which Modi will host a dinner for the Chinese leader.
On Saturday, both leaders will have a one-on-one meeting followed by delegation-level talks. The Chinese president is expected to leave for Nepal from Chennai around 2 pm on Saturday.
Xi will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Wang Yi and a polit bureau member of the Chinese Communist Party.