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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.