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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India Friday for a summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

If he turned heads with his dhoti and angavastram on Friday, a video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi walking barefoot on Saturday, picking up trash from the Kovalam beach after his morning walk, set off another social media storm. Meanwhile, to deepen bilateral relations, both Modi and Xi have decided that the 70th anniversary of the establishment of India-China relations in 2020 will be utilised to deepen exchanges at all levels including legislatures, political parties, cultural and youth organisations and militaries.

"We had made a decision to prudently manage differences and not to allow them to become disputes".

"If we can speak on the basis of larger concerns between us, then it would be a significant voice that would be heard on the global stage, of two of the largest countries in the world working together", he said. Increased Beijing-New Delhi integration could infuriate US President Trump however, as Washington continues to warn its allies to steer clear of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei. "Today with our Chennai Connect a new era of cooperation has begun in the relations of our two countries".

India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the two leaders spent almost five hours discussing bilateral issues that have often been fraught.

Today's meeting between Xi and Modi will take forward the spirit of the first day of the informal summit during which personal rapport between the two leaders becomes evident.

Gokhale said that President Jinping also welcomed investment from India to China in sectors like information technology and pharmaceuticals.

On commerce, India and China are both facing a protectionist United States and want greater access to each other's markets.

India's trade deficit with China has been thorn in New Delhi's side for more than 15 years.

Both the leaders also shared their respective approaches towards national development.

India was the first non-Communist country to recognise the newly founded People's Republic of China (PRC) on April 1, 1950.

Xi and Modi talked about the domestic development of China and India and exchanged experience in state governance. They were of the view that India and China share the common objective of working for a peaceful, secure and prosperous world in which all countries can pursue their development within a rules-based global order.

"As countries that are large and diverse, they recognised the importance of continuing to make joint efforts to ensure that the worldwide community strengthens the framework against training, financing and supporting terrorist groups throughout the world and on a non-discriminatory basis", said the MEA press release. Both the leaders also held parleys on several issues in the coastal town of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu on Friday.

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