Chinese Pres. arrives in India’s Chennai

NEW DELHI, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the south Indian state Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennaim, heading a high level 100-member delegation to participate in the second informal summit talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi welcomed the visiting Chinese head of state on his official Twitter account and later recieved him at Mamallapuram.

The Chinese president’s delegation includes, among other senior officials, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and State Councillor Yang Jiechi. Xi is scheduled to hold talks with Modi in the coastal town of Mamallapuram this evening and on Saturday.

The visit comes in the backdrop of increasing regional tension and the Sino-Pakistani rapprochement, especially after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China, during which both underlined the importance of Kashmir issue as a continuous historical dispute. They insisted that the Kashmir issue should be properly and peacefully resolved on the basis of concerned UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements.

The visit also comes in the background of firming up ties between China and Pakistan and Xi is expected to iron out differences between the two neighboring countries, especially after the launch of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

India has called upon both its neighbors to stop all activities related to the CPEC as it is passing through the disputed territories. India-China relations have also been affected after New Delhi’s decision to revoke constitutional provision granting special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, where China has some territorial claims in addition to the claims to the border state of Arunachal Pradesh.

According to local reports, Yi and Jiechi will hold separate talks with their Indian counterparts, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. An earlier statement from the Indian External Affairs Ministry said that the “summit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance and to exchange views on deepening India-China Closer Development Partnership”.

Source: Kuwait News Agency