Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Chennai on Friday. Jinping is in India for his second casual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi since they met in China’s Wuhan in April last year.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Chennai this afternoon, i.e, on Friday for a two-day informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and received an excellent social reception with traditional dance performances at the air terminal. Modi had arrived beforehand to Mahabalipuram and will greet Xi there.

Xi will get a red carpet treatment when he lands in Mahabalipuram around 5 pm, with both the state and the central government organizations best endeavour to deck up the seaside resort in Southern India that had strong historical linkages with China’s Fujian district.

The two leaders have a compact timetable that incorporates a tour through the temples of Mahabalipuram, presently known as Mamallapuram, informal and delegation-level talks and lunch and dinner meets.

President Xi’s visit comes after the two sides traded sharp words over Kashmir following Xi’sconference with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan two days back. In an announcement after the meeting, China said it was “paying close attention to the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir” and it “contradicts any one-sided activities that muddle the circumstance”. In its reply, the foreign ministry said China is very much aware of India’s position and “it is not for other countries to comment on the internal affairs of India”.

Both the leaders are relied upon to consent to new safety efforts along their disrupted border, authorities stated, with an end goal to smooth ties unsettled by differences over Kashmir.

Prior to Xi’s appearance in the southern India city of Chennai, police restrained the head of the Tibetan Youth Congress, Gonpo Dhondup, and 11 Tibetan students in different areas, including the air terminal and highway leading to the summit scene.

The key free-wheeling one-on-one convention between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi will happen on Saturday morning. The two dignitaries will have six hours of one-on-one talks and separate explanations will be issued, government sources said. The point, they stated, is to construct contacts at the most elevated level and exchange views on key issues.

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

Authorities on both sides said the focal point of the Modi-Xi summit is to seclude trade and development collaboration between the rising financial powerhouse from contrasts on Kashmir and the vexed boundary issue.

At 18:03 ISt PM Modi and Xi Jinping reached the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram. The two leaders will witness a grand cultural programme at the Shore temple complex. 

Today at 10:18 Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping at Taj Fisherman’s Cove hotel in Kovalam. While the two heads will meet for a one-on-one visit on Saturday at 10 am for 50 minutes at Machan restaurant of Taj Fisherman’s Cove Resort, there would be numerous open doors where the pioneers would get to know one another with no official designation excepting the translators.