France's Macron Takes the Reins When it Comes to EU-China
Albanian Daily News
Published January 11, 2018
With his brown hair and youthful step, he came to China Monday on a special plane, ready to win over President Xi Jinping and cement a new era of France-China relations.
We are, of course, talking not about France's President Emmanuel Macron, but Vesuvius de Brekka, the 8-year-old gelding plucked from the French presidential cavalry and presented to Xi as a gift during Macron's three-day swing through China.
Paris called the horse an "unprecedented diplomatic gesture," and its intent was very clear: Macron's visit was to be a charm offensive for the French President and the horse was just the beginning.
Macron's first stop on his tour was the ancient city of Xi'an, the start of President Xi's sprawling, ambitious (and frequently criticized) Belt and Road trade initiative.
The French President said Europe should play a key role in the trillion dollar trade and infrastructure plan, and by doing so in Xi'an, he sent a symbol of France's strong support for the project.