Chennai: "President Xi Jinping! Welcome to India," Modi tweeted in English, attaching photos of the Chinese President arriving in Chennai and being received by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
In an another tweet in Tamil, Modi said that he was happy to note that Tamil Nadu was greeting Xi. "Let the relationship between India - China further get strengthened through this informal summit," he said, attaching the same photos.
He also tweeted a welcome in Mandarin, along with the photo of Xi being received by the Governor.
The Chinese delegation includes Ding Xuexiang and Yang Jiechi, Members of Political Bureau, CPC Central Committee, Wang Yi, State Councillor and Foreign Minister, and H.E. Lifeng, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, among others. Wang Yi and Yang Jiechi will hold separate talks with their Indian counterparts -- External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Modi and Xi will spend around six hours together, including for sightseeing and a dinner being hosted by Modi on Friday night before holding bilateral talks on Saturday. While Xi is staying at the AITC Grand Hotel in Chennai, Modi is putting up at the Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort & Spa in Mahabalipuram. The talks between the two leaders will be held at the Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort & Spa on Friday evening and Saturday.
#WATCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping visit group of temples at Mahabalipuram. The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram is prescribed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. #TamilNadu pic.twitter.com/Yf8mHXCxh5— ANI (@ANI) October 11, 2019