Modi, Xi look to patch up India-China ties

India and China- home to more than a third of humanity- have never been the best of friends

Modi-Xi Chennai Summit LIVE Updates: Chinese President lands in Chennai; to leave for Mahabalipuram soon

Setting aside recent differences over Ladakh, India and China have chose to start a new chapter in their relationship with the "Chennai Vision", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after holding a second round of informal talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday.

Vikram Misri, Indian ambassador to China, said the two leaders are using a highly unusual format in holding such an informal summit, the second after a similar summit in Wuhan, Hubei province, last year.

Banwarilal Purohit, governor of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and the state's Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami wait beside the gangway and present flowers to Chinese President Xi Jinping upon his arrival in Chennai, India on October 11, 2019.

Chinese President Xi Jinping told PM Modi on the second day of one-on-one meetings in a suburb of the southern Indian city that the informal summit, broached by PM Modi, has been a good idea.

Modi took Xi for a tour of the temples of Mahabalipuram, a world heritage site and had a casual interaction, while they sipped coconut water.

That meeting went beyond schedule, with the leaders talking for two and a half hours.

Xi and Modi visited three iconic monuments - Arjuna's Penance, Pancha Rathas and the Shore Temple - at Mamallapuram, a tourist town famous for its stone carvings 60 kilometers south of Chennai.

Gokhale said both countries are diverse and radicalization is a matter of concern that should not impact the society.

The talks continued on Saturday as well and the leaders of both the nations vowed to jointly combat terrorism and radicalisation, signalling a recalibration of bilateral ties.

Modi and Xi are meeting in the southern town of Mamallapuram, home to centuries old wind-swept temple monuments but also popular with tourists for surfing in its flawless waves.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of their informal summit, but their two countries have never been the best of friends. Accompanied by Modi, Xi watched Bharatanatyam and other Indian classical dances, which represent ancient Indian civilisation.

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