June 2, 2023

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India on October 11 for an informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

At the invitation of the Prime Minister, the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping will be visiting Chennai, India from October 11-12, 2019 for the 2nd Informal Summit, the External Affairs Ministry said.

The MEA added that the forthcoming summit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance.

According to sources, no agreements, Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) or joint communique are expected to be signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India, since it is an informal meeting. Chinese President Xi Jinping will be accompanied by China’s Foreign Minister and Politburo members, on his visit to India.

The second informal summit will be held in the seaside temple town of Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu. The informal summit is expected to focus on taking forward bilateral ties notwithstanding differences on several sticky issues.

The two leaders had their first inaugural informal summit in Wuhan, China on 27-28 April 2018.

Announcing Xi Jinping’s visit, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong said, “Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India from October 11th to 12th for the 2nd Informal Summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Chennai. Hope their Strategic guidance and friendship will usher China-India ties into a new chapter.”

Earlier, Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong had said India and China should resolve disputes peacefully through dialogues at the regional level and jointly uphold peace and stability.

In an interview to news agency PTI, the Chinese envoy said both India and China should go beyond the model of “management of differences” and work towards actively shaping bilateral relations through the accumulation of positive energy and forging greater cooperation for common development.

The ties between India and China came under some strain after India announced the withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated the state into two Union territories.

What will be the agenda in Mamallapuram

In the Mamallapuram summit, the focus of the talks is likely to be on steps to ensure mutual development and expanding overall ties. The focus of the meeting is on improving people to people contact and on how to maintain peace and tranquillity on the India-China border.

PM Narendra Modi will hold one-to-one and delegation-level talks with the Chinese President. The meeting between them has no specific agenda but issues like terrorism, terror funding, support and sourcing are likely to come up during Chinese President Xi Jinping and PM Narendra Modi’s talks.

The two leaders are likely to decide dates for the next Special Representatives talks.

Noting that the positive effect of Wuhan Summit is constantly unfolding, the Chinese envoy said, “We should go beyond the model of differences management, actively shape bilateral relations and accumulate positive energy. We should enhance exchanges and cooperation, promote convergence of interests and achieve common development.”

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