Xi meets with Macron

Added On January 9, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron in Beijing on Monday.
Xi said Macron's visit to China, as his first visit to Asia at the start of year, showed that he was "paying high attention to the China-France relationship."
He said the two countries can enhance political mutual trust and fully tap the potential of cooperation transcending differences on the social system, development stage and culture.
Xi said China is ready to work closely with France to enhance cooperation, including under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. 
Macron said he is willing to exchange views with President Xi on France-China relations and major international issues.
He said he hopes to increase political trust and advance France-China relations and EU-China relations via the visit.
Xi's wife Peng Liyuan and Macron's wife Brigitte Macron also attended the meeting.
The French president's state visit to China will last from Monday to Wednesday. 
He arrived in Beijing on Monday afternoon after a half-day visit to China's northwestern city of Xi'an.