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Economic Times | 12 Oct, 2019 | 12.35PM IST

Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping discuss trade and terror; spend 'quality time' at Mamallapuram

Day 1 of informal summit between Chinese president Xi Jinping and PM Modi at Mamallapuram.

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11:47 PM

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale briefs media on Day One of Modi-Xi meet

11:12 PM

Foreign Secy: Some of the other topics included the challenges that both countries face on account of terrorism, that radicalisation is matter of concern for both. And both would work together to see that radicalisation & terrorism did not affect fabric of our societies.

11:11 PM

Foreign Secy: There was some discussion on trade related and economic issues. And how to enhance the trade volume and the trade value. It also included the issue of the trade deficit that exists and the unbalanced trade that exists.

11:11 PM

Foreign Secy: Discussions over dinner stretched over 150 min, which was well over scheduled time. Both leaders shared their visions. President Xi said he looked to work closely with PM Modi on all issues.

11:10 PM

Foreign Secy: President Xi was delighted with cultural programme by Kalakshetra. Posed for pictures with the dancers.

11:09 PM

Foreign secy: There was reference to Bodhisattva who took Buddhism to China from India

11:08 PM

Foreign Secy: PM Modi and President Xi spoke of trading links between Tamil Nadu and eastern parts of China during Pallava and Chola rule. Recently architectural remains of an ancient temple by Tamil traders were found in those parts.

11:07 PM

Foreign Secy: PM complimented the govt of Tamil Nadu on the excellent arrangements. President Xi said he was overwhelmed by the welcome at the airport and during his stay in Chennai.

11:07 PM

Foreign Secy: Both leaders had nearly five hours of discussions. They spent quality time. Most of it was one-to-one except for the half hour at the cultural programme.

11:06 PM

Foreign Secy Vijay Gokhale to brief reporters now. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also present. They won't take questions.

10:58 PM

Menu of the dinner hosted for President Xi

09:45 PM

Modi's gifts to Xi: Annam lamp, Thanjavur painting

PM Modi's gifts to chinese President Xi are Nachiarkoil, a six-feet Annam lamp richly coated with gold and a three-feet high Thanjavur painting of dancing Saraswathi. The lamp has a round base decorated with beautiful patterns. It has slender and intricately- designed ornamental stem with branches taking off at three levels.At the top of the stem is a bowl of five spouts for wicks to light the lamp. Above the lamp is the 'Annam', a celestial bird that is reputed to be able to separate milk from water and figuratively good from the bad. Made from bronze and and plated with gold, the lamp stands six feet tall, weighs 108 kilograms and took 12 days to make. The ornate and intricate Thanjavur painting of the Dancing Saraswathi is three-feet high, four feet wide, and took about forty-five days to make. The painting is set in a wooden frame carved with beads, the traditional motif used for such frames.The central motif of the painting is Goddess Saraswathi, considered the embodiment of knowledge, music, art, nature and wisdom.
09:10 PM

Xi-Modi conversation still going on

08:50 PM

PM Modi wins some praise for wearing Tamil traditional attire

Pattali Makkal Katchi founder leader S Ramadoss said the Prime Minister donning veshti, the traditional dress of Tamils, was a thing of joy. "Let the world know the culture of Tamils," he said in his twitter handle. Karnataka Culture and Toursim Minister C T Ravi tweeted: "Respecting the Culture and Traditions of the Land He visits comes naturally to PM @narendramodi. He is seen here comfortably moving around in the traditional attire of Tamil Makkal (meaning people)."
08:46 PM

Tamil song hailing peace sung at cultural event

A Tamil song hailing peace and Mahatma Gandhi was sung to the accompaniment of traditional dance at the cultural event attended by Xi and Modi at the Shore Temple. The old Tamil classical song "Shanti nilava vendum (Let peace prevail)" was sung to the accompaniment of dance. The song bats for peace everywhere and building spiritual strength, saying it is the diktat of Mahatma Gandhi.The Tamil verses depict Gandhiji as "Ahimsa yogi," and a father figure for the nation. Also, it roots for lofty ideals like compassion and unity.
07:46 PM

Key milestones in India-China ties since 2014

ET's Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury lists the key milestones in India-China ties since 2014

May 2014: China congratulates Modi’s election victory.

June 2014: China’s foreign minister Wang Yi visits Delhi to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj and Modi. India’s vice president, Hamid Ansari, travels to Beijing on a five-day visit.

July 2014: India’s army chief Bikram Singh travels to Beijing for a three-day trip. Later that month, Modi meets Xi for the first time during the BRICS summit in Brazil.

September 2014: Xi visits India for 1st time as the President, and Modi, breaking protocol, receives him in Ahmedabad. Through the entire visit, however, both countries remain engaged in a face-off at the border in Ladakh.

November 2014: Xi invites Modi to attend the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit in Beijing. But India does not want to attend as a non-member.

February 2015: Less than a week after Obama’s departure visit, foreign minister Swaraj leaves for Beijing and meets president Xi.

March 2015: NSA & SR Ajit K Doval and China’s special representative Yang Jiechi meet for the first SR talks under the Modi government.

May 2015: Modi’s maiden China visit as PM. Visits Xian, Xi’s home town.

May 2016: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee visits China on a State Visit.

Sep 2016: Modi visit China for G-20 Summit

Oct 2016: Xi travels to Goa for BRICS Summit

May 2017: India declines Chinese invitation to attend the maiden Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) summit in Beijing. Raises objections against CPEC, jewel crown of BRI.

June 2017: India admitted to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as full-member along with Pakistan.

June-Aug 2017: Ties put to test by Doklam stand off

Sep 2017: Modi travels to Xiamen for BRICS Summit at the end of Doklam crisis

April 2018: 1st informal summit in Wuhan. Ties stabilise.

Feb 2019: China opposes listing of Masood Azhar by UNSC Sanctions Committee.

May 2019: Azhar designated as a global terrorist as China relents as it is isolated in UNSC.

May-June 2019: Modi-Xi meet in Bishkek & Osaka

Aug 2019: China tries to move formal resolution by UNSC on the Kashmir issue

Aug-Oct 2019: Shadow over ties as China continues to back Pak narrative on Kashmir.
07:23 PM

PM Modi's gifts to President Xi

07:23 PM

The two leaders are now meeting over dinner, which PM Modi is hosting for President Xi

07:19 PM

Modi-Xi informal summit: Glimpses of initial meet at Mamallapuram temple

06:55 PM

Shore Temple event showcases India's cultural diversity

06:44 PM

Cultural programme at the Shore Temple

06:40 PM

Modi, Xi at Mahabalipuram's Shore Temple

06:32 PM

Modi-Xi meet and other takeaways

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Modi-Xi meet and other takeaways
06:15 PM

Jaishankar, Doval greet Xi

06:11 PM

At the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

06:09 PM

Bonhomie on display at Mahabalipuram

05:52 PM

Stopping for a brief chat at the Five Rathas

05:51 PM

Watch: The Mahabalipuram monuments

05:40 PM

Modi and Xi at Five Rathas

05:37 PM

PM Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Arjuna's Penance in Mahabalipuram

05:33 PM

Modi in veshti welcomes Chinese President at Mamallapuram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wearing the traditional Tamil attire of 'veshti' (white dhoti), half-sleeve white shirt and angavastram over his shoulder, welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mamallapuram, also known Mahabalipuram, for the second informal India-China Summit. Xi was attired in a white shirt and black trousers. The two leaders are on a sight-seeing tour of Mahabalipuram, before they go for dinner being hosted by Modi.
05:31 PM

More views from Mahabalipuram

05:28 PM

More views of Pallava grandeur

05:23 PM

Watch: PM Modi and President Xi at Mahabalipuram monuments

05:22 PM

For the cameras

05:21 PM

Modi and Xi at Arjuna's Penance in Mahabalipuram

05:11 PM

Modi shows Xi around Mamallapuram monuments

04:59 PM

Modi at Mamallapuram for talks with Xi

04:49 PM

PM Modi on way to Mamallapuram

04:29 PM

Chennai MRTS trains stopped briefly as Xi Jinping's convoy passes through.

04:20 PM

On the road to Mamallapuram

04:13 PM

President Xi is on his way from Chennai to Mamallapuram where he will meet PM Modi for the informal summit.

04:04 PM

On Chennai roads, placards welcome President Xi

03:27 PM

The 3 monuments Modi and Xi will view at Mahabalipuram

At Mahabalipuram, PM Modi and President Xi will view three famous monuments -- Five Rathas, Arjuna's Penance and the Shore Temple.

The Five Monoliths or Five Rathas
: This group is cut out solid rocks. These are five free standing monolithic temples. However, without any historical links with the five Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata.

In the midst of the Five Rathas, there is also a huge elephant sculpture and also that of a lion.

Arjuna's Penance: One of the magnificent monuments of Mahabalipuram is the Arjuna Penance. On a large boulder several rows of Hindu Gods have been chiseled all facing towards a sage/person who is on a penance standing on his left leg. Apart from the Gods, images of hunters, sages, animals and others have been carved out.

The image of Lord Shiva is also carved on the right side of the person on penance. According to belief, Arjuna was standing in penance to seek the Pasupathastra from Lord Shiva.

Shore Temple: Close to the sea is the Shore Temple built during 700-728 AD. It is a three shrine configuration - two dedicated to Lord Shiva and one for Lord Vishnu.
The 3 monuments Modi and Xi will view at Mahabalipuram
03:13 PM

Modi-Xi summit: What's on the table, what's not

# New Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) to keep the Line of Actual Control (LAC) stable, widening counter-terror partnership and measures to reduce India’s trade deficit with China will be among the key talking points

# The informal summit will firm up the next round of special representative-level talks that are geared at boundary resolution, and discuss the next joint counter-terror exercise planned for later this year.

# Both leaders will considerably focus on trade ties as India seeks to reduce the trade deficit. India, according to sources in the govt, would seek market access for exporting products.

# Modi will seek to assure Xi that according union territory status to Ladakh will not adversely impact LAC.The PM will make it clear that the decision to abrogate Article 370 was a sovereign function of his government.

# Modi will seek better understanding from Xi on India’s concerns over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Pakistan’s support to terrorism against India. ( ET's Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury reports)
02:50 PM

Modi, Xi to spend 6 hours together

Modi and Xi will spend about six hours together in two days. Modi will talk to Xi on issues while showing him monuments today. The cultural program will be spectacular. They will have one to one dinner today. Local cuisines, both veg and non veg will served . Modi and Xi will have one to one talks tomorrow. It will be followed by delegation level talks of 1+6 from both sides. Leaders will have openings statements. Both side will issue statements tomorrow separately around same time. There will be a briefing tomorrow by MEA. Xi is accompanied by 90 delegates. ( ET's Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury reports)
02:44 PM

Cavalcade of Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at ITC Grand Chola, Guindy

Cavalcade of Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at ITC Grand Chola, Guindy
02:29 PM

Watch: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at Chennai international airport

02:27 PM

Xi is accompanied by Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi. Both are scheduled to hold separate talks with their Indian counterparts – S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

02:23 PM

Local Tamil cuisine will be served to President Xi at dinner today, reports ANI. The menu includes Thakkali Rasam, Arachavitta Sambar, Kadalai Kuruma and Kavanarasi Halwa.

02:20 PM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami, Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly P Dhanapal and top bureaucrats welcome President Xi on the tarmac. He is given a traditional welcome with nadaswaram, mridangam and dances like Bharatanatyam.

02:16 PM

Chennai rolls out red carpet for President Xi

02:13 PM

Duration of engagement between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi will be 6 hours. One on one meeting will be for almost 40 minutes. Both sides to issue press statements: ANI reports quoting sources

02:07 PM

Xi's plane at Chennai airport ( Pic c'tsy ANI)

Xi's plane at Chennai airport ( Pic c'tsy ANI)
01:58 PM

Crowds outside hotel where Xi is to stay

People await Chinese President Xi Jinping outside the ITC Grand Chola in Guindy, Chennai ( Pic by Dia Rekhi, ET)
Crowds outside hotel where Xi is to stay
01:43 PM

Reports estimate over 30 People of Tibetan origin detained by TN police ahead of Xi's visit

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