Xi’s First Overseas Trip since Re-election
July 19, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Chinese President Xi Jinping, his wife Peng Liyuan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum pose for the media. Xi kicked off his state visit to the UAE the same day, the first by a Chinese head of state to the country in 29 years.
Xi noted that the UAE was the first stop of this overseas trip as well as the first country he visited since his re-election as president of the People’s Republic of China. This shows that China attaches great importance to its relationship with the UAE, he stressed.
After departing from the UAE, Xi paid state visits to Senegal, Rwanda and South Africa, attended the 10th BRICS summit in Johannesburg and visited Mauritius during a stopover.