Indian PM Modi to Xi Jinping: Differences Should Not Escalate into Disputes

Indian PM Modi to Xi Jinping: Differences Should Not Escalate into Disputes

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi went picking up trash on Saturday from a scenic beach resort where he is hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping for summit talks.

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.

Xi recalled his successful meeting with Modi in Wuhan a year ago, which brought China-India relations into a new stage, and said that he is delighted to come to Tamil Nadu in southern India to further learn about the country.

Xi was accorded a red carpet welcome as he touched down in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, before making his way to the coastal town of Mahabalipuram, where the Chinese dignitary was received by Modi.

The two leaders will hold an informal meeting Saturday, which will be followed by delegation-level talks.

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Of course, there has been no shortage of mutual praise and reference to history.

"If we can speak on the basis of larger concerns between us, then it would be a significant voice that would be heard on the global stage, of two of the largest countries in the world working together", he said. Xi Jinping urged both the countries to take the 70th anniversary of China-India diplomatic relations next year as an opportunity to conduct broader and deeper cultural and people-to-people exchanges, China's state media Xinhua News Agency reported.

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.

Xi and Modi held several hours of one-on-one talks in a southern seaside Indian town in their second annual summit created to break through decades of distrust between their countries over border disputes, a ballooning trade deficit and China's close military ties with India's arch rival, Pakistan. The wisdom from the two countries' ancient and profound civilizations can provide inspiration for solving various challenges facing the world today, said the Indian prime minister.

Xi will also pay a state visit to Nepal after his trip to India. The two leaders agreed that China and India should respect and learn from each other so as to jointly achieve common development and prosperity, as well as the great rejuvenation of the two civilizations.

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