Chinese President Xi Jinping left for India on Friday morning for the second informal meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Trade issues, boundary disputes and multilateral cooperation are expected to dominate the “informal summit” at Mamallapuram between them on October 11 and 12.
Here are the live updates:
Narendra Modi tweets in Tamil and Mandarin
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Chennai’s Meenambakkam airport posted photos of him being greeted by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Deputy CM O. Panneerselvam and other State ministers.
“Landed in Chennai. I am happy to be in the great land of Tamil Nadu, known for its wonderful culture and hospitality. It is gladdening that Tamil Nadu will host President Xi Jinping. May this Informal Summit further strengthen ties between India and China,” Mr. Modi tweeted in English, followed by Tamil and then in Mandarin.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lands at the Chennai airport. He was received by Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palaniswami at Chennai airport. He will shortly travel to Mamallapuram by helicopter.
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Fewer buses on roads
Even as heavy police personnel are posted at every junctions of the arterial roads of Velachery, Guindy and Adambakkam, the Metropolitan Transport Corporation has been operating fewer bus services.
The arterial GST Road has been fully blocked between Guindy and Tambaram as vehicle’s are being diverted through other roads.
Chennai Police Commissioner reviews security arrangements
Chennai City Police Commissioner A.K.Viswanathan reviews security arrangements ahead Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit to city.
Security officers conducted rehearsals from Chennai airport. Authorities comprising of Chennai Corporation, Highways, Horticulture Department and other line departments erected hoardings and arches with fruits, flowers and vegetables of state welcoming Chinese President and Prime Minister. Traditional plantain trees and sugar canes, turmeric plants are tied on poles.
Prime Minister Modi is likely to land in Chennai airport shortly. He will be received by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam at the airport.
Trade, border dispute likely to dominate talks
Trade issues, boundary disputes and multilateral cooperation are expected to dominate the “informal summit” at Mamallapuram as the seaside resort on the outskirts of Chennai prepares to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday and Saturday.
Mr. Xi will land in Chennai past 2 p.m. — about two hours after Mr. Modi. He will head to the Mamallapuram temple complex for an evening with Mr. Modi, which will include a tour of the monuments and a dance performance at the Shore Temple at sunset, followed by dinner. On Saturday, the talks will be more structured and will include time for a “one-on-one” meeting, followed by delegation-level talks.
Poorna Kumbam awaits Xi
When Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Chennai, an honour will await him at the Chennai International Airport.
Mr. Xi, also the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, will be accorded the Poorna Kumbam honour by priests of the Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore.
The traditional Poorna Kumbam is considered the highest honour accorded by the temple priests to dignitaries. Poorna Kumbam, with a decorated metal pitcher filled with holy water, fresh mango leaves and a coconut on top, is accorded to dignitaries as part of Hindu rituals during auspicious occasions.
A total of five priests from the Kapaleeswarar temple will accord the honour to the Chinese President within the airport. Informed sources also hinted that a Chinese translator is likely to accompany the priests. The priests will reach the airport an hour before the Chinese President’s arrival.
Following the Poorna Kumbam, cultural events have also been organised within the airport campus. After this, the Chinese President and his delegation will reach the hotel in Guindy, before leaving for Mamallapuram.
T.N. Police deploy drones to survey route
In a first, the Tamil Nadu police have used photogrammetric mapping using drones for deploying manpower and security infrastructure along the East Coast Road (ECR) in Chennai, ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to Mamallapuram on Friday.
Security personnel, with technical assistance from scientists of Anna University, flew six drones along the 35-km stretch between VGP Golden Beach and Mamallapuram, to capture live feed. At least 30,000 high-resolution photographs of roads and buildings, on either side of the ECR, were taken to plan the deployment of manpower. Earlier, the police were dependent on Google Maps for survey and planning the security scheme, but the data was not an updated one.
(With inputs from our Correspondents, Agencies)