India, Oct. 11 -- The historic coastal town of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu will invite global attention as Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at the UNESCO world heritage site for the second informal bilateral on October 11-12.

This won't be the first occasion for a foreign leader to be hosted outside the national capital of India, which used to be the norm in the not-so-distant past.

Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe and his wife were hosted in Ahmedabad in October 2018, where they visited the Sabarmati Ashram and Sidi Sayyed Mosque. Even the Chinese President on his last visit was welcomed in Ahmedabad, where he visited the Sabarmati riverfront along with Prime Minister Modi.

French President Emmanuel Macron...