Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to arrive in Finland today for a state visit, and is expected to be welcomed by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.
Xi’s visit will be the first from a Chinese President in more than 20 years, the last visit having been made by President Jiang Zemin in 1995. That visit was also the first time a Chinese president visited Finland.
The Chinese President will be accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan and a high-level delegation from various sectors.
Xi will be hosted by President Niinistö at the Finnish presidential palace in Helsinki.
Also lined up to meet President Xi are Finnish Parliamentary Speaker Maria Lohela and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.
President Niinistö made an official visit to China in April, 2013. The two presidents also met in the Netherlands in March, 2014.
Upon the completion of the Finland visit, President Xi’s next destination will be the U.S. where he is scheduled to meet President Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
President Xi’s had a warm relationship with former U.S. President Barack Obama, with the two meeting 10 times in Obama’s last four years in power, a period in which relations between the two super powers thrived.
This first meeting between Xi and Trump is expected to pave way for many more ahead.