Indian prime minister picks up rubbish from beach

Indian naval sailors on a rubber inflatable boat pass naval warships at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai

Indian naval sailors on a rubber inflatable boat pass naval warships at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai

The president said they will instruct relevant departments of both sides to implement the results of the meeting so as to open up new prospects of China-India cooperation. They emphasised that efforts being made in their respective countries to address global developmental challenges, including climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals would help the worldwide community achieve the targets.

"India-China relations are not predicated to a single issue", Gokhale said, adding that the latest developments in Kashmir were an internal matter of India.

As he toured the monuments at Mamallapuram with Modi, Xi said Tamil Nadu, a maritime transit hub for cargoes in the ancient Silk Road, has a long history of exchanges with China and close connections with China on maritime trade since ancient times. The high-level group will be led by Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China's President Xi Jinping talk during their meeting in Mamallapuram on the outskirts of Chennai, India, October 12, 2019. "We should ensure the success of next year's celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and the China-India year of people-to-people exchanges", Xi said. My colleagues and I have felt that very strongly.

"I look forward to further discussions, I may follow up on proposals discussed yesterday", he said, without elaborating.

China is India's most important neighbour and its most complex relationship.

The informal talks at the Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort & Spa beach resort lasted for almost an hour. A one-on-one dinner between the two leaders, originally expected to take an hour, lasted almost 2½ hours.

Without going into details, Xi said in his opening remarks at the delegation-level talks that he had taken part in candid and in-depth discussions with Modi on various issues since his arrival Friday. Almost 16 people from both the sides participated in the discussions. President Xi has assured that India's concerns over Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will be discussed, he said.

Second, Xi urged China and India to have timely and effective strategic communication, enhance mutual understanding and cooperation, and firmly hold the general direction of bilateral relations.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters that Chinese President Xi Jinping is ready to take measures to reduce India's deficit in the bilateral trade.

Gokale said Modi and Xi were expected to discuss global and regional issues on the second day.

The two leaders are meeting for the second time in a year in a bid to ease tensions over border disputes, the troubled Kashmir region and China's domination of trade between their huge economies. India in particular is concerned by China's $57 billion surplus in their joint trade. As the US-China divide sharpens, and it promises to outlive Trump, powers like India will try to do two things- utilise the space to manoeuvre itself into a "pole" in what will necessarily be a multipolar world while trying to balance all sides.

On commerce, India and China are both facing a protectionist USA and want greater access to each other's markets.

The programme showcased the Indian classical dance forms of Kathakali and Bharatnatyam to fast-paced Carnatic music, highlighting the region's magnificent roots.Xi will head to Nepal from Chennai.