The French presidency said Vésuve de Brekka (Vesuvius of Brekka), the eight-year-old military horse flown from Paris to Beijing ahead of Mr Macron's 54-hour state visit, was not so much a present as a "diplomatic gesture" created to cement Franco-Chinese relations.More news: We won't block world leaders, says Twitter
"By definition, these roads can only be shared. If they are roads, they can not be one-way".
Xi's contemporary interpretation of the ancient trading route aims to connect Asia and Europe via new road and rail networks, as well as new maritime routes stretching through the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. At a meeting in May 2017, he promised to invest $ 124 billion in the project, but Western capitals suspect that the initiative is aimed at imposing Chinese influence overseas rather than contributing to prosperity.More news: Tamil Nadu Assembly to commence its first session tomorrow
Macron's agenda during this visit includes combating climate change, the North Korean crisis and combating terrorism - particularly in Africa, where Paris hopes to obtain Beijing's support for the G5 Sahel military force.
Along with his wife Brigitte, Macron began an official trip to China Monday, visiting the Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xian, a centuries-old Big Wild Goose Pagoda - a Buddhist site - and the city's mosque.More news: Former Egyptian Prime Minister Shafiq Retreats From Running in 2018 Presidential Elections