|Xi Jinping to Pay State Visit to Finland and Travel to Florida, US for China-US Presidents' Meeting|
|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on March 30, 2017|
At the invitations of President Sauli Niinistö of the Republic of Finland and President Donald Trump of the United States of America, Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Finland from April 4 to 6, and will meet with President Trump in Mar-a-lago, Florida, from April 6 to 7.
The foreign ministry will hold a press briefing for Chinese and foreign media at Lanting at 8:30am of Friday, March 31. Leading officials of the foreign ministry will provide information on President Xi's state visit to Finland and the meeting between the Presidents of China and the US in Florida and take questions from the press. You are most welcome to attend the briefing.
Q: It's been a long time since the last visit by China's head of state to Finland. What are the most important reason and expectation for President Xi's visit to Finland at such a moment this year?
A: Finland was one of the first Western countries to establish diplomatic ties with China and the first Western country to sign an intergovernmental trade agreement with China. In recent years, Sino-Finnish relations have enjoyed a good growth momentum with frequent high-level exchanges and stronger political trust. Finnish leaders have invited President Xi to visit Finland for several times. The specific arrangements of this visit were determined by the two sides together.
This will be President Xi's first visit to a EU member state this year and his first visit to Northern Europe as the Head of State of China. It shows the importance China places on building and advancing the Future-oriented New Type Cooperative Partnership with Finland and China's support to the EU. We hope this visit will be fruitful, inject new impetus into the growth of bilateral relations, and further enhance political trust and practical cooperation between the two sides. Senior foreign ministry officials will provide more details of President Xi's visit to Finland at tomorrow morning's press briefing.