|Chinese President Xi Jinping (L Front) and his wife Peng Liyuan (C) arrive in Lyon for a state visit to France March 25, 2014. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)
LYON, France, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Lyon on Tuesday for a state visit to France upon the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
During the visit, Xi will also travel to Paris for talks with French President Francois Hollande, and the two leaders will join a celebration of the jubilee.
Xi will also meet with French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and parliamentary leaders.
"I am looking forward to exchanging views with President Hollande and other French leaders on bilateral relations and issues of common concern," Xi said upon his arrival, adding he will have extensive contact with French people from all works of life to sum up the past success and plan for the future.
The two countries are expected to sign cooperation agreements on nuclear energy, aviation, urbanization, agriculture and finance.
During his stay in Paris, Xi will visit the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), where he will meet with Director-General Irina Bokova and deliver a speech.