Having started his first official visit to China in the ancient Chinese capital city of Xian, President Emmanuel Macron of France demonstrated once more his ability to put symbolic gestures to good use. Xian was once the start of the Silk Road, now revived as a mega-infrastructure project pushed by President Xi. The acknowledgement was intended.  Great infrastructure projects have always been a French tradition, dating back to King Louis XIV and before. Similarly, Brigitte Macron, the president’s wife, who less than a month ago became “godmother” to baby panda Yuan Meng, born in a French zoo in December, chose to wear a red coat for her first public appearance in China. This was part of the carefully-calculated Élysée charm offensive for this visit, in which Emmanuel Macron is accompanied by a delegation of over 50 French business leaders in addition to his diplomatic retinue. 

2018-01-09 21:50 GMT+8

In the past three days, French President Emmanuel Macron has pulled out all the stops to express his willingness to work with the world's second largest economy and he has seen signs for a better bilateral trade relationship, starting with China’s order of 184 Airbus A320 planes. 

2018-01-10 16:58 GMT+8

‍China and France agreed to inject new impetus to bilateral ties as their two leaders vowed to uphold a commitment to multilateralism and enhance cooperation in climate change and counterterrorism.

2018-01-09 18:48 GMT+8

Aerospace has been an important area of bilateral ties between China and France, especially since a partnership agreement was signed more than 20 years ago.

2018-01-09 15:36 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday held a welcome ceremony for the visiting French President Emmanuel Macron at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

2018-01-09 16:39 GMT+8

During his closely watched three day visit to China, French President Emmanuel Macron will lead business consortiums, expected to sign up to 50 deals.

2018-01-07 22:28 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday that the China-France relationship in the new era has a lot to accomplish, during a meeting with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.

2018-01-08 19:39 GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed to further boost economic cooperation between the two countries during a meeting in Beijing on Monday.

2018-01-09 09:24 GMT+8

When it comes to France, people usually think first of its fashion or gourmet food. But the country is also renowned for theater and art.

2018-01-09 18:30 GMT+8

Rewind one year and developed nations were teetering on fears of an isolationist, protectionist wave taking hold across the Western world.

2018-01-08 17:11 GMT+8

French President Emmanuel Macron's first state visit to China could open a new chapter in the Sino-French relationship, especially in terms of trade.

2018-01-08 19:50 GMT+8

Closer Sino-French ties are expected as French President Emmanuel Macron starts his state visit to China on Monday. I think there are at least three supporting factors for that expectation.

2018-01-08 19:05 GMT+8

Sino-Frenco relations are entering a new stage with French president Emmanuel Macron's visit to China, and cultural exchanges can be very helpful in boosting the ties. 

2018-01-08 22:37 GMT+8

The ancient city of Xi’an welcomed another head of state on Monday, as French President Emmanuel Macron kicked off his three-day visit to China in the historic city. 

2018-01-08 21:35 GMT+8

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Beijing on Monday to kick off a three-day state visit to China.

2018-01-08 17:14 GMT+8

French President Emmanuel Macron launched a state visit to China in Xi'an - the starting point of the ancient Silk Road - on Monday, in a nod to his counterpart's scheme to revive the famous trading route.

2018-01-08 11:12 GMT+8

French dairy farmers who have gone out of business since the end of EU milk quotas two years ago have found a solution in China.

2018-01-08 09:24 GMT+8

French President Emmanuel Macron, who once described himself as a Maoist, will embark on his three-day trip to the very land that nourished Maoism on Monday, with bilateral trade, climate change and the Korean Peninsula situation expected to be on the agenda.

2018-01-07 15:39 GMT+8

Emmanuel Macron will make his first visit to China as president on Jan. 8-10, and his choice to travel to Beijing so early in his presidency shows he's making China a priority, both to build trade ties, and to discuss thorny geopolitical issues like the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

2018-01-06 11:17 GMT+8

French President Emmanuel Macron will pay a state visit to China from Jan. 8 to 10 at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Tuesday.

2018-01-02 10:59 GMT+8