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President Xi’s Maiden Voyage to Europe
Text by Duan Wei


On March 22, 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Amsterdam for a state visit to the Netherlands and the third Nuclear Security Summit held in The Hague, kicking off his first European tour as China’s head of state.

The Netherlands was the first leg of Xi’s European trip, followed by state visits to France, Germany, and Belgium. He also visited UNESCO and EU headquarters. During his European trip, Xi met with leaders of several countries and delivered a number of important speeches.

Xi became the first Chinese President to visit the Netherlands, UNESCO headquarters, and the EU headquarters. According to Qu Xing, president of China Institute of International Studies, Xi’s European trip signaled China’s willingness to support European integration and deepen Sino-European relations, thus giving fresh perspective to the Sino-EU comprehensive strategic partnership under new circumstances. 

March 29, 2014: Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, pose for a group photo with Chinese young soccer players from Zhidan County, Shaanxi Province, and their training partners from Wolfsburg club at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany.   by Lan Hongguang/Xinhua       March 30, 2014: King Philippe of Belgium presents Chinese  President Xi Jinping with the Order of Leopold during Xi’s visit to Brussels.  by Lan Hongguang/Xinhua

March 24, 2014: Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima pose for a group photo with members of the Nuclear  Security Summit 2014 at the Royal Palace Huis ten Bosch in The Hague, Netherlands. The Nuclear Security Summit, held March 24-25, was attended by world leaders and aimed to prevent nuclear terrorism.  by Koen Van Weel/Pool/Getty Images

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