"Needless Speculation": Sources On Belated PM-Xi Meet Announcement: 10 Points

The famed Mamallapuram/Mahabalipuram, a seaside heritage town 60 km south of Chennai, is being given a facelift as it gears up to host the leaders of the two of the most populace countries - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The broad objective of the summit will be to find a broad pathway for future growth of Sino-India ties, they said, adding that there was no plan to ink any pact or issue any joint communique after the Modi-Xi meetings.

Issues such as terrorism, terror funding, Pakistan's proxy support to terror outfits are likely to come up during Chinese President Xi Jinping and PM Narendra Modi's informal meeting in Chennai on October 11-12.

"We have had a clear confirmation for weeks but we had jointly made a decision to announce it only a couple of days earlier", said a senior official, The visit comes after a series of irritants between both countries in recent weeks over India's moves in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, which saw Beijing openly criticise New Delhi at the UN Security Council meeting.

The second statement said, "we call on both India and Pakistan to peacefully resolve the relevant disputes through dialogue and consultation and safeguard peace and stability in the region".

In New Delhi, the External Affairs Ministry said the forthcoming informal summit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance. Government sources said there was "needless speculation" on why the Chinese President's visit wasn't announced till today. Slated to be the second such event, the informal summit will be held in Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu.

China has apparently conveyed to India that it "has not changed its position on the Kashmir issue" and that it wants the issue to be resolved in a peaceful manner bilaterally between India and Pakistan.

A letter written by Kancheepuram Collector P. Ponniah to the Superintendent, ASI, Chennai, reads that the Kancheepuram Superintendent of Police said the Chinese President faced high level of threat from various militant/terrorist organisations.

Observers say it is significant shift ahead of Xi's visit to India for his 2nd informal summit with Prime Minister Modi. The two leaders could also focus on celebrations to be held in 2020 on completion of 70 years of diplomatic ties.

The two leaders have met a few times since their meeting in Wuhan on April 27 and 28 in 2018.

Khan who arrived on Tuesday held talks with Premier Li Keqiang and expected to meet Xi on Wednesday. But more importantly, China refrained from mentioning the UN Security Council resolution and UN charter, as it had done earlier in its statements on Kashmir, including at the UN General Assembly last month.

During Xi's visit, Modi is expected to raise economic issues, including India's $53 billion trade deficit with China in 2018/19, and the smaller presence of Indian companies in China compared with that of other major economies. Delhi viewed his comments as a departure from Beijing's position of Kashmir being a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, and as interference in India's "internal matter" and "not keeping in spirit" with the proposed visit by Xi.



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