Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wearing the traditional Tamil attire of 'veshti' (white dhoti), half-sleeve white shirt and angavastram over his shoulder, welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mamallapuram, also known Mahabalipuram, for the second informal India-China Summit.
Xi, who arrived earlier from Beijing, was equally casually attired in a white shirt and black trousers.
The two leaders are to do a spot of sight-seeing at Mamallapuram, before they go for dinner being hosted by Modi.
The two leaders will have a guided tour of three monuments - Arjuna's penance, Panch Raths, and the Shore Temple, and then attend a cultural performance by the Kalakshetra foundation.
This two-day visit to India by the Chinese president is the second informal summit between Modi and Xi. The two leaders and their countries’ respective officials will have a lot on their plate to discuss, the ongoing talks for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), border issues, reigning in terrorism, and also the unfolding situation in Afghanistan as the US looks to withdraw.
(With inputs from IANS)
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