Chinese President Xi provides a generous reception for Prince Albert II of Monaco, while pledging to serve as a model for relations between large and small countries
- Both sides have pledged to further promote ties to "bear fruit", says Xinhua
- They will also explore cooperation under the & # 39; One Belt, One Road & # 39; of Xi
- The monarch will attend the opening of an exhibition on Monegasque history
- The last two were found in Nanjing in the second Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014
Kelsey Cheng for Mailonline
Chinese President Xi Jinping today welcomed Prince Albert II of Monaco during the official state visit of the monarch to Beijing, and both countries pledged to serve as a model for friendly exchanges between large and small countries.
The reigning monarch of the principality is in China from September 5 to 8 at the invitation of Xi and will attend the opening of an exhibition on Monegasque history in the Forbidden City of the Chinese capital.
Both sides pledged to continue promoting bilateral friendly ties to "bear fruit" after holding meetings to analyze relations between China and the Mediterranean nation, according to Xinhua.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prince Albert II of Monaco walk in front of the honor guard of the People's Liberation Army during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People on Friday
The Head of State of the Principality of Monaco is in China from September 5 to 8
"China and Morocco should maintain close exchanges and explore areas of cooperation on ecological protection, including climate change, clean energy and wildlife protection" under the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement.
The two countries will continue to serve as a model for friendly exchanges between large and small countries, the ministry added.
Xi also welcomed Prince Albert II to attend the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
During his trip, Prince Albert also visited a bee farm and a kennel of Siberian tigers in Jilin province.
The two heads of state met for the last time in Nanjing at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games
Prince Albert II of Monaco attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing
Prince Albert ascended to the throne in July 2005 and has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985. He has been president of the National Olympic Committee of Monaco since 1994.
He has visited China nine times. In 2014, the two heads of state met in Nanjing at the opening ceremony of the second Summer Youth Olympic Games.
In that meeting, both parties expressed the desire to deepen mutual political trust, promote cooperation in various areas and continue to support each other on multilateral occasions.
Both sides pledged to continue promoting bilateral friendly ties to "bear fruit" after holding talks to review relations between China and the Mediterranean nation, Xinhua reports.
Prince Albert II is invited to attend the opening of an exhibition on Monegasque history in the Forbidden City of the Chinese capital