Wuhan Informal Summit: PM Modi-President Xi’s ‘chai pe charcha’

Modi, Xi Day 2

Wuhan, April 28: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping began their second round of informal Wuhan summit with a walk along the East Lake on Saturday.

Later, two leaders were seen riding on a houseboat and chatting over tea – a ‘chai pe charcha’ moment.

This would be followed with a one-on-one lunch after which Modi would return India.

On day one, Modi and Xi held delegation-level talks in Hubei. The meeting of delegations comprised one plus six on each side.

“I hope such informal summits become a tradition between both the countries. I’ll be happy, if in 2019, we can have such informal summit in India”,  Modi said.

“The people of India feel really proud that I’m maybe the first Prime Minister of India, for whom, you (Chinese President) have come out of the capital twice to receive me”, he added.

Modi kickstarted his two-day informal summit at the Hubei Provincial Museum. Where he received a warm welcome with impressive cultural performance.

“India and China cultural connect go back many centuries and is reflected in present times through the popularity of Bollywood, Yoga and other aspects of Indian culture”, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Image: Raveesh Kumar, MEA Twitter

After that Duo toured of Marquis Yi exhibition of Zeng Cultural Relics and Treasure displayed at the museum.

Followed by this Both the leaders held a one-on-one meeting during which they exchanged views on solidifying our bilateral relationship.

The one-on-one meeting being dubbed as a first of its kind “informal summit” between the two countries.

The meeting comes in the backdrop of the efforts made by both the nations to move past the tensions, which rose out of last year’s 73-day Doklam standoff.

The Indian Prime Minister arrived at picturesque Wuhan city in Central China, at 12:30 a.m. on Friday.

Following this Chinese President Xi hosted a dinner at the guest house in central Wuhan.


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