NEW DELHI: Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India from October 11 to 12 for the second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the External Affairs Ministry announced on Wednesday.
It said the forthcoming Chennai Informal Summit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral, regional and global importance.
The delay in officially announcing Xi’s visit for the informal summit in Mamallapuram near Chennai was seen as a reflection of some uneasiness in Sino-India ties following India’s decision to reorganise Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories and withdraw its special status.
“At the invitation of the Prime Minister, the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping will be visiting Chennai, India from October 11-12, 2019 for the 2nd Informal Summit,” the ministry said.
During the summit the two countries will exchange views on deepening India-China Closer Development Partnership, the ministry said.
Sources indicated that the Modi-Xi summit will be to find broad pathways to deepen ties.
On the Kashmir issue, the sources said, “India’s position on Kashmir is very clear. If Xi raises the issue, PM Modi will explain our view on it”.
On China’s objection to the declaration of Ladakh as a union territory, the sources said it was a demand of local population and the decision has in no way changed the respective perception of the boundary between the two countries.