Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping second informal meeting, today


Delhi:  Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in India today for his second informal meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi since they met in China’s Wuhan in April last year. PM Modi had then invited President Xi to India for a reprise. The two leaders have a packed schedule that includes a tour of the temples of Mahabalipuram, now known as Mamallapuram, informal and delegation-level talks and lunch and dinner meets. President Xi’s visit comes after the two sides exchanged sharp words over Kashmir following Xi’s meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan two days ago. In a statement after the meeting, China said it was “paying close attention to the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir” and it “opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation”. In its rejoinder, the foreign ministry said China is well aware of India’s position and “it is not for other countries to comment on the internal affairs of India.” Beijing had also criticised India at last month’s UN General Assembly over the decision to scrap special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into two union territories.