At summit to mend ties, Modi, Xi see common challenge on ‘terror’

President Xi Jinping is received upon arrival in Chennai India on Oct. 11 2019. The Associated Press

Modi explained that he had received a renewed mandate for economic development, and Xi acknowledged the mandate, saying he looked forward to working with Modi "very closely on all issues for the next 4.5 years", Gokhale said.

Chinese President Xi Jinpinghas landed at Chennai Airport on Friday ahead of his 2nd informal summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mahabalipuram, a sleepy, seaside town on the outskirts of the city.

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

After the abrogation of the special status of Kashmir, which resulted in Ladakh becoming a separate administrative territory of India, China declared the entire region of Ladakh a disputed territory. PM Modi shared a series of photos of himself with Jinping on Twitter with two leaders spending time sipping coconut water and taking a walk in a picturesque background.

Harsh Pant, an worldwide relations professor at King's College London, told AFP that China's backing of Pakistan "has left a very bad taste in India's mouth".

The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader and long a thorn in China's side, has been allowed to live in and travel the world from his base Dharamsala in northern India since 1959.

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 ideal waves.

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.

But since Wuhan other irritants have emerged, including a reported "scuffle" between troops of the two countries in Ladakh last month and Indian military activities in the northern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, part of which Beijing claims.

On commerce India and China - both facing a protectionist America - want greater access to each other's markets, with India now importing from China far more than it exports there.

China's backing of Pakistan "has left a very bad taste in India's mouth", Pant said.

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