Among the members of the European Union, France is China's third-largest trading partner and third-largest source of actual investment. China is France's top trading partner in Asia and seventh-largest in the world.
Liu Jianchao, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, led a CPC delegation on a visit to France from Oct. 8 to 11.
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has completed necessary preparations to welcome Yuan Meng from France, the base said on Tuesday.
During his visit, Qin will have in-depth exchange of views with France on efforts to follow through on the common understandings between the two heads of state, boost bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields and scale new heights in the China-France comprehensive strategic partnership.
Xi noted that over the past three years and more, despite a changing and unstable international landscape, China and France have worked together to maintain a positive and sound growth momentum in their bilateral ties.