Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Peru on November 21 and 22, as part of his three-nation tour of South America, following his visit to Ecuador. On November 21, President Xi received the Medal of Honor in the Grade of Grand Cross from Luz Salgado, the president of Peru’s Congress.
This was not the first time that Xi has received such honors from another country. How many honors has Xi Jinping received? And what do all of these civil honors mean?
KEYS OF FRIENDSHIP
The “Key to the City” is an honor presented by capitals and other cities to esteemed visitors. Chinese President Xi Jinping has received several keys to cities that he has visited, where he was praised for his contribution to the friendship between the cities' citizens and the Chinese people.
On June 3, 2013, President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan visited San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, and received the Key to the City from Mayor Johnny Araya./Xinhua Photo
On June 5, 2013, President Xi Jinping visited Mexico City and received the Key to the City from Mayor Miguel Mancera./Xinhua Photo
On July 19, 2014, President Xi Jinping visited Argentina’s capital Buenos Airea, and received the Key to the City from its Chief of Government Mauricio Macri./Xinhua Photo
On March 29, 2016, President Xi Jinping visited Prague, the capital of Czech, and received the Key to the City from Mayor Adriana Krnacova./Xinhua Photo
WHAT OTHER HONORS HAS XI RECEIVED？
Since assuming office in March 2012, President Xi has received many medals from countries including Belgium, Venezuela, Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Serbia.
On March 30, 2014, President Xi Jinping received the Grand Cordon medal and the Certificate of the Order of Leopold from King Philippe of Belgium in Brussels. The honorary medal represents the highest order of Belgium, only awarded to political heavyweights of governments and royal family members who have made remarkable contributions./Xinhua Photo
On July 20, 2014, President Xi Jinping received the Order of the Liberator awarded by President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, on behalf of the Venezuelan government in Caracas. The Order of the Liberator is the highest honor conferred on foreign leaders by Venezuela. Conferring the Order of the Liberator on Xi Jinping is “to honor his outstanding contribution to Venezuela-China relations as well as world peace and development,” President Maduro said at the award ceremony./Xinhua Photo
On July 22, 2014, President Xi Jinping received the Order of José Marti presented by the Cuban government in Havana. Named after Cuban national hero, the order represents the highest honor in Cuba./Internet Photo
On April 21, 2015, Pakistan conferred its highest civilian honor, the “Nishan-e-Pakistan,” on Chinese President Xi Jinping, as a sign of gratitude for his outstanding contribution to China-Pakistan relations./Internet Photo
On January 19, 2016, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud conferred the medal of King Abdulaziz on President Xi Jinping in Riyadh. Named after Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the modern Saudi state, the medal represents the highest order in Saudi Arabia./Xinhua Photo
(Written by Wang Xuejing)