Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco hosted President Xi Jinping of China and his wife, Peng Liyuan, who made a state visit to Monaco.
On March 24, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene welcomed President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan with a state ceremony held at the Palace. Afterwards, Princess Charlene and the First Lady attended a short performance in the Salle des Gardes by the Canadian violinist Zhang Zhang, who is of Chinese origin.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene held an official lunch in the Throne Room (Salle Du Trône) for the Presidential Couple and the Monégasque and Chinese delegations. Princess Caroline of Hanover and Princess Stéphanie attended the lunch too. This was the first state visit made by a Chinese President to Monaco.
The purpose of that state visit was to strengthen the close relationship between Monaco and China. The diplomatic relationship between the two countries began in 1995.