Dressed in a black tracksuit, PM Narendra Modi ‘plogged’ his way along the scenic coast as the sun rose a day after an informal summit with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping.

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news Indo-China summit Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:27

A day after an informal summit with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping on the seaside town of Mamallapuram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted from his personal account that he took a ‘refreshing walk’ along the scenic coast, and ‘plogged’ his way along. ‘Plogging’ is jogging while picking up trash along the way.

Taking to twitter, he posted images of him walking along the beach, and wrote, “Refreshing walk and exercises in Mamallapuram, along the scenic coast.”

In yet another tweet, he said that he plogged on the beaches of Mamallapuram for about 30 minutes, and he handed over the collection to hotel staff Jeyaraj. PM Modi is staying at the Taj Fisherman’s Cove Resort and Spa, which has a private access to the beach. 

Watch video of Modi plogging on the beach:

On Friday, a one-on-one tete-a-tete between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping over dinner on Friday lasted for two-and-a-half hours, well beyond the planned time, and was "very open and cordial", holding promise of several Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) emerging out of the second informal summit between the two sides.

The two leaders spent "five hours of quality time" together, and most of it was on one-on-one conversation, except during the time they watched the cultural programme, said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.

It is "a dialogue, a conversation in progress", that would resume on Saturday morning between the two sides, he said.

The two leaders had a detailed discussion on their national visions, and governance priorities. Modi explained that he had received a renewed mandate for economic development, and Xi acknowledged the mandate, saying he looked forward to working with Modi "very closely on all issues for the next 4.5 years", Gokhale said.