Premier Li Keqiang has met his French counterpart Manuel Valls, who is on a three-day official visit to China.
A welcome ceremony was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Jan 29. Premier Li and Valls inspected honor guards.
Valls is accompanied on his state visit by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and a group of business leaders.
The visit comes as France and China celebrate 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations.