Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in India on a two-visit starting tomorrow, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping meeting at chennai. This is their third meeting since PM Modi’s re-election and their second informal meet since the Wuhan summit last year.
Government sources said there is “needless speculation” on why the Chinese President’s visit wasn’t announced until today.” We have had a clear confirmation for weeks but we had jointly decided to announce it only a couple of days earlier,”
The summit will take place in the ancient coastal town of Mamallapuram near Chennai. The two leaders had their inaugural informal summit in China’s Wuhan in April last year.
“At the invitation of the Prime Minister, the President of the People’s Republic of China H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping will be visiting Chennai, India from October 11-12, 2019 for the 2nd Informal Summit,” the foreign ministry said. It said the Chennai Informal Summit will offer an opportunity for the two leaders to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance.
No Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed and no joint statements will be issued during the meet which will be strictly informal, government sources said.
Ahead of Xi Jinping’s India visit, China said the Kashmir issue should be resolved between New Delhi and Islamabad, significantly omitting its recent references to the UN and UN Security Council resolutions.
Meanwhile Pakistan PM Imran Khan , is on his third China and meeting the Chinese President today. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that China’ stand is that the Kashmir issue should be resolved between India and Pakistan.