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2,000 children in India wear Xi Jinping masks & spell out his name with their bodies

The Chinese president met PM Modi for their second informal summit.

Julia Yeo | October 15, 11:54 am

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Chinese President Xi Jinping visited India for an informal summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Oct. 11 and 12, 2019.

During Xi’s visit, about 2,000 students from Chennai’s Kolathur area held a welcome ceremony for him by choreographing a human formation of his name in Chinese characters.

Indian school students form the Chinese character for the name of Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Chennai on October 10, 2019, ahead of a summit with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held at the World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram from October 11 to 13 in Tamil Nadu state.
Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images

They also donned masks of the Chinese President’s face.

Indian children in Chennai wearing Xi Jin Ping masks
Photo via Times of India/YT

It is unclear whether Xi was present at the welcome ceremony by the Chennai students.

Grand welcome for Xi in Chennai airport

According to the Hindustan Times, Chennai Airport was decked up traditionally with banana leaves, garlands, and fruits, in preparation for Xi’s arrival in India.

Security was heightened at the airport, and was decorated with Chinese and Indian flags.

Screen shot from ANI News/YouTube.

Xi and Modi meet

The Chinese president was in India for Xi and Modi’s second informal summit.

Their first was held in Wuhan, China in April 2018.

During his 24-hour stay, Xi and Modi focused on improving bilateral relations and economic ties.

South China Morning Post reported that according to China’s foreign ministry, Xi said: “China and India are opportunities, not threats, to one another.”

Modi thanked Xi on Twitter for his visit and attending their second summit:

He also wrote a tweet in Chinese:

Modi said (translated):

“I thank President Xi Jinping for visiting India and participating in our second informal summit. #ChennaiConnect# Improving India-China Relations. To prosperity to our two countries and all the people of the world.”

Xi made his way to Nepal after his visit to India.

Top image:  ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images and ANI News.

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