Xi's visit highlights partnership with Belgium, EU

Xi's visit highlights partnership with Belgium, EU
China President Xi Jinping receives the Order of Leopold from King Philippe of Belgium, making him an honorary knight, at the Royal Palace in Brussels on Sunday.

President Xi Jinping gives his best wishes to the two pandas in Belgium that are expected to bring long-term joy to Europeans.

Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan attended a ceremony marking the opening of a panda garden in Pairi Daiza Zoo on Sunday.

Peng gave panda dolls to a dozen of children at the ceremony.

The two pandas, Xing Hui and Hao Hao, are expected to have many fans and friends and help Europeans understand and love China and Chinese culture.

The panda pair arrived in Belgium in February and will stay for 15 years on a lease agreement.

Pandas have long been seen as ambassadors of friendship from China.

Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde accompanied Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan to the panda garden, which is 60 kilometers from Brussels.

During the welcoming ceremony at the Royal Palace in Brussels earlier on Sunday, Xi and his wife, accompanied by the king and queen, arrived at the palace escorted by officers on horseback.

"I hope that through my visit China-Belgium relations and China-Europe ties can be further promoted," Xi said during his meeting with the king.

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