Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet in Chennai on October 11 and 12 for the second informal summit.
The government in a statement on Wednesday said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping had their inaugural Informal Summit in Wuhan,China,on April 27-28, 2018. The Chennai Informal Summit will provide them an opportunity to continue discussions on bilateral,regional and global issues and exchange views on deepening India-China partnership.”
The Wuhan summit was described as a unique format where Modi and Xi engaged in an informal set-up from a lakeside walk along the East Lake in Wuhan to enjoying a traditional Chinese tea ceremony as well as a boat ride and a lunch hosted by Xi for the Prime Minister.This was apart from a 40-minute one-on-one and a curtailed delegation-level meeting to rebuild mutual trust and understanding after the Doklam stand-off.
They added that no documents would be signed nor a joint communique issued as the talks were informal and unstructured. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and NSA will also accompany Xi and thus there may be meetings scheduled with their counterparts S.Jaishankar and Ajit Doval.
The meet also comes in the backdrop of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan often referred to as China’s all-weather ally on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
India and Pakistan have been engaged in a war of words since the Narendra Modi government scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and decided to divide the state into two Union Territories J&K and Ladakh.
China earlier said the “dispute” should be peacefully and properly addressed in accordance with the UN Charter and stressed that no actions should be taken that would unilaterally change the “status quo”.