Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Indian Prime Minister Modi in Chennai on October 11.
Xi Jinping took the car from the hotel to the Mahabali Pram ancient temple complex. Large photographs of President Xi Jinping can be seen everywhere along the way. Thousands of people from all walks of life and young students waved the flags of China and India, and young men and women dressed in national costumes cheerfully beat drums and sang and danced.
Modi greeted Xi at the entrance and extended a warm welcome to Xi for his coming to Chennai. Xi Jinping said: Last year, I had a successful meeting with the Premier in Wuhan, which ushered China-India relations into a new stage. I am delighted to be here at your invitation in Tamil Nadu, at the southern tip of India, where I can learn more about India.
The ancient temple of Mahabali Pram, built in the 7th and 8th centuries, is composed of stone carvings of Ajuna, the Temple of the Five Chariots, the Temple of the Coast and other monuments. Modi accompanied Xi on the tour and gave a personal explanation. The leaders of the two countries talked while walking, had in-depth exchanges, and talked about dialogue among civilizations and mutual learning.
Xi Jinping pointed out that Tamil Nadu has a long history of exchanges with China and has been closely linked with China's maritime trade since ancient times, and was a transit point for maritime cargo along the ancient Silk Road. Both China and India are ancient civilizations with a history of several thousand years, and exchanges and mutual learning have continued to this day. The forefathers of the two countries have overcome various obstacles and carried out extensive exchanges to promote the development and dissemination of literature, art, philosophy and religion, and both sides have benefited greatly. There is great potential for people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and India. The two sides should take the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and India next year as an opportunity to carry out broader and deeper people-to-people and cultural exchanges, jointly advocate and promote dialogue and exchanges among civilizations, inject more lasting impetus into the development of bilateral relations, and continue to write about the new splendor of Asian civilization.
Modi said: The ancient temple group where we are is an outstanding representative of India's cultural heritage and architecture. It has witnessed the cultural exchanges and long-standing historical ties between India and China spanning more than 10 centuries. After thousands of years of development, both India and China have now become important emerging economies. Strengthening exchanges and cooperation is of great significance to the development of the two countries and will also promote global progress and prosperity. India and China are ancient and profound civilizations, and their wisdom can provide inspiration for solving the challenges facing the world today.
Accompanied by Modi, Xi watched classical Indian dances such as the Brahdorf Dance, which represents India's ancient civilization.
The coastal temple, under the starry sky, facing the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean. Xi Jinping and Modi talked freely about China and India's domestic development and exchanged experiences in governance, and agreed that China and India should respect and learn from each other, work together to achieve common development and prosperity, and realize the great rejuvenation of the two civilizations.
Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the above-mentioned activities