French President Emmanuel Macron addresses French Ambassadors at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Aug 29 2017. Macron's upcoming visit to China, scheduled from January 8 to 10, is of great significance to bilateral ties, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said. (YOAN VALAT / AP)
BEIJING -- French President Emmanuel Macron's upcoming visit to China, scheduled from January 8 to 10, is of great significance to bilateral ties, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a daily press briefing.
"This is his first state visit to China," Geng said on Friday, noting it has great significance for China-France ties.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold a series of events for Macron's state visit. The two heads of state will review the past achievements, outline the direction for future cooperation in political, economic, and cultural fields, so as to further strengthen ties, according to Geng.
Xi and Macron will also exchange opinions on international and regional issues, discuss how the countries can strengthen cooperation to safeguard multilateralism, build an open world economy, improve global governance, and jointly work to tackle global challenges, said Geng.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and top legislator Zhang Dejiang will also meet with Macron, Geng said.
Macron will visit the Forbidden City in Beijing. He will also visit Xi'an, the capital of northwest China's Shaanxi province, home to the famous Terracotta Warriors.
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