Chinese President to visit Italy, Monaco, France: spokesman

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China: Beijing (CCTV+Batieghar) PresidentVXi Jinping’s state visits to Italy, Monaco and France from March 21 to 26 were unveiled by the Chinese Foreign Ministry at a press conference on Monday.

Xi was invited to pay the visits by Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Head of State of the Principality of Monaco Albert II and French President Emmanuel Macron, said foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, following the announcement the ministry made about the visit earlier the same day.

“During his visit to Italy, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte respectively, and respectively meet with Senate speaker Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati and lower house speaker Roberto Fico. The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on China-Italy, China-Europe relations and international and regional issues of common concern,” said Geng.

The development of China-Italy relations is facing new opportunities as this year marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, while next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties.

“We believe this visit will further consolidate political mutual trust between the two countries in the new era, deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields within the Belt and Road framework and enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges. This visit will promote greater development of China-Italy comprehensive strategic partnership in the new era, and contribute to the strengthening of China-Europe relations as well as world peace and development,” said the spokesperson.

“During his visit to Monaco, President Xi will hold talks with Prince Albert II to exchange views on issues of common concern such as the development of China-Monaco relations in the new era. This visit marks the first visit of a Chinese president to Monaco which is of historic significance for the development of China-Monaco relations. We are willing to work with Monaco to further deepen political mutual trust, exchanges and cooperation in various fields, promote new development of bilateral relations, and continue to be the model of friendship and win-win cooperation between big and small countries,” said Geng.

The year 2019 marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France. During President Xi’s visit to France, he will hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, meet with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate respectively.

“France is the first major Western country to establish formal diplomatic relations with China. The China-France relations have long been at the forefront of the relations between China and Europe, as well as between China and western countries. At present, the development of China-France relations continues to maintain a good momentum with frequent high-level exchanges of visits, new progresses and breakthroughs in pragmatic cooperation, deepening people-to-people and cultural exchanges. The two sides have also been keeping close communication and coordination on major issues such as maintaining multilateralism, improving global governance, and coping with climate change,” said Geng.

“President Xi Jinping’s visit to France is a state visit to France again by the Chinese head of state after a five-year interval. This visit is on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries and is of special significance for the bilateral relations. China has always attached great importance to the development of China-France relations from a strategic perspective. China is willing to work with the French side, by taking this visit as an opportunity, to further deepen political mutual trust, open up a new future for pragmatic cooperation and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, so as to promote the close and lasting China-France comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level,” said the spokesperson.

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