French President Emmanuel Macron's first state visit to China begins Monday, as Chinese experts express hope the young and energetic leader will help enhance China-EU relations. At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Macron will pay a state visit to China from Monday to Wednesday. This makes Macron the first foreign president who paid a visit to China in 2018.
Macron visited Xi'an, the capital city of Shaanxi Province, as his first stop in China. Apart from showing respect to Chinese culture, the arrangement may also represent France's attitude to the Belt and Road initiative, because Xi'an is the origin of the ancient Silk Road. And Macron is giving a speech about the Sino-France relationship in Xi'an. Besides, Macron will visit Dayan Pagoda in Xi'an.