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Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan Attend the Grand Farewell Ceremony Held by President Emmanuel Macron of France

2019/03/27

On March 26, 2019 local time, President Xi Jinping concluded his state visit to France. Before leaving Paris, Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan attended the grand farewell ceremony held by President Emmanuel Macron of France and his wife at the Élysée Palace.

At around 5:00 p.m. local time, when Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan arrived at the Élysée Palace, Emmanuel Macron and his wife greeted them warmly at the drop-off point. The French Republican Guard, and the guard of honor of army, navy and air force of France lined up and the military band played cheerful melody. Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan bid farewell to Emmanuel Macron and his wife in a friendly manner and took a group photo.

Xi Jinping thanked Mr. President and his wife for the thoughtful arrangements for his visit, which touched us deeply. Your warm reception fully demonstrates the friendly feelings of the French people towards the Chinese people, and the Chinese people and media have paid close attention to and appreciated it. The visit was a great success. Mr. President and I have built consensus and deepened mutual trust. We also held the four-party talks among China, France, Germany and the European Union. China and France should deepen practical cooperation and well implement the outcomes of the visit.

Emmanuel Macron expressed congratulations on the complete success of President Xi Jinping's state visit to France. Mr. President and I had in-depth communication on bilateral relations and international issues and reached many important consensuses. Your visit will certainly and vigorously promote friendly exchanges between the French and Chinese people. It is hoped that under our guidance and promotion, France-China relations will continue to develop and reach a new level.

The military band played the affectionate farewell music again. Escorted by a motorbike fleet, Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan left the Élysée Palace by car and went to the airport.

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