The event will mark a milestone in Monaco’s political history. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s planned March 24th visit is already being prepared in the Principality. Big logistical preparations must be implemented for all to go smoothly. Security, diplomacy, protocol: everything must be reviewed and meticulously prepared by all teams across those different sectors.
The presidential plane should land at Nice airport where Xi Jinping will be greeted by a French delegation before joining the Rock. This European tour, from 22 March to 1 April, will also take him to the Netherlands, Belgium, the headquarters of the European Union, Germany and France. This is his first tour in Europe since taking office.
Sino-European ties are strengthening. Europe has even become China’s largest trading partner for a decade. Last year, the bilateral trade volume between China and Europe reached nearly $560 billion.
It is an auspicious position for the Principality, which is not a member of the European Union, but whose sovereign prince has forged strong ties with the Chinese giant, especially during Prince Albert II’s trip East last September. The two heads of state met at the Grand Palace of the people, the presidential residence in Beijing. “Despite the long distance between them, China and Monaco have established a certain friendship and common development interests between the big country and small country, because the two countries respect each other and consider each other to be on an equal footing,” said Xi Jinping. The Monaco Economic Board took the opportunity to organize a major economic mission. A few months later, with the exceptional visit of the Chinese president in the Principality, Monegasques are already reaping what they have sown.
*Article originally published on the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.