NEW DELHI, Oct 9, 2019, India Today. 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, reported the India Today.
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.
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.
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 Mamallapuram summit, the focus of the talks is likely to be on steps to ensure mutual development and expanding overall ties.
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.”
The Wuhan summit
The first informal summit between Modi and Xi took place in picturesque Chinese lake city Wuhan in April 2018, months after a 73-day long face-off between the armies of the two countries in Doklam tri-juction in Sikkim sector raised fears of a war between the two Asian giants.
In the summit, Modi and Xi decided to issue “strategic guidance” to their militaries to strengthen communication and build trust and understanding.