Chennai connect set to fructify
New Delhi: It's the Mamallapuram Summit effect. After the culmination of the successful informal summit at Mamallapuram near Chennai last Sunday between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, China now plans to push in greater investment into Tamil Nadu, is interested in a direct flight from Chennai to Beijing, and is also keen on greater inflow of Chinese tourists to the ancient Pallava dynasty-era architectural site.
Sources said Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong is interested in starting a direct flight from Beijing to Chennai and that this had already been conveyed to top functionaries of the Tamil Nadu government during the summit.
Having been overwhelmed by the warmth and hospitality shown to Xi Jinping and his 91-member-delegation during the summit, sources said China is now actively considering a massive push for investment in various sectors in the southern state that will generate more employment among people there.
'There is considerable interest generated among people in China about the ancient site at Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram). Following the successful summit, Chinese tourists are keen on visiting the ancient Shore Temple and other architectural sites there that their President has just visited....