Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping held an unprecedented informal summit on Friday to "solidify" the India-China relationship.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held "extensive and fruitful" meetings on the first day of an unprecedented two-day informal summit to "solidify" the India-China relationship and exchanged views on how the two countries can work together for the benefit of their people and the world.
The 'heart-to-heart' summit in Wuhan - the favourite holiday spot of revolutionary Chinese leader Mao Zedong - is being seen as an effort by India and China to rebuild trust and improve ties that were hit by the 73-day-long Doklam standoff last year.
The Modi-Xi one-on-one talks were followed by delegation-level interaction with six top officials each from both sides took part, giving an impression that some of the critical issues were on the table for discussion.
President Xi took PM Modi around some of the most historic art collections and cultural relics of China's ancient civilisation. The museum walk scheduled for 20 minutes lasted over 40 minutes after which they began one-on-one talks.
The talks between the two leaders on the first day ended with dinner diplomacy. Xi hosted a banquet in honour of PM Modi at the famous East lake. Xi in a gesture of warmth and friendship walked with Modi to the car to see him off.
PM Modi offered to host the next informal summit with Xi Jinping in India next year. Xi said they can meet in a format like this from time to time.
The talks between the two leaders on the first day ended with dinner diplomacy. Xi hosted a banquet in honour of Modi at the famous East lake. Xi in a gesture of warmth and friendship walked with Modi to the car to see him off.
PM Modi who arrived in the central Chinese city early on Friday for the summit began talks soon after Xi received him with a warm shake hand and hosted a grand welcoming ceremony for him at the Hubei Provincial Museum here. PM Modi was welcomed with a classical Chinese dance opera performance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping visit Exhibition at Hubei Provincial Museum, in Wuhan, China.
PM Modi also thanked President Xi Jinping for the "wonderful gesture of personally accompanying me in the Hubei Provincial Museum."