Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) and King Philippe (R) of Belgium attend the sending-off ceremony in Brugge, Belgium, April 1, 2014.
Noting that China has a time-honored civilization, Xi said that, of the world's ancient civilizations, the Chinese civilization has spanned over 5,000 years and continued uninterrupted to this day.
President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan joined King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium on Tuesday for a visit to the Volvo Car Group facilities in Ghent.
Belgium wants to develop a balanced and fruitful relationship on all levels with China.
Ending his European tour with a speech in Bruges, Belgium, President Xi Jinping says China and the EU can become "twin engines" of growth.
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited here on Tuesday a local plant of the automaker Volvo in the company of Belgian King Philippe as he continues his state visit to the country.
Belgium's Queen Mathilde and China's first lady Peng Liyuan visit the Musical Instruments Museum ( MIM ) and the Sax 200 exhibition, March 31, 2014.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo agree to boost bilateral relations to a new level to achieve greater development.
President Xi Jinping's visit to Europe is an opportune time for China to showcase its "new openness" in diplomatic initiatives, said Jorg Monar, rector of the College of Europe in Bruges.
In the first visit to EU headquarters by a Chinese president, Xi Jinping says the two sides should consider a free trade pact as soon as possible.
China's president is meeting with the top officials of the European Union to discuss the two sides' close business ties and their wider diplomatic relations.
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (R) and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (L) welcome China's President Xi Jinping at the European Council in Brussels March 31, 2014.