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French President Emmanuel Macron urged Europe Monday to take part in China's massive Silk Road infrastructure project but warned against "hegemony," saying both sides should share the benefits.Macron, on the first day of a state visit, also called on Europe and China to team up on curbing climate change in the face of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.Macron started his three-day visit in Xian as a gesture to Chinese President Xi Jinping's huge New Silk Road project, an initiative to connect Asia and Europe by road, rail and sea.Macron said Europe should join the new Silk Road initiative but added a warning.In a French version of panda diplomacy, Macron has brought Xi a gift: a retired Republican Guard horse that is currently in quarantine in China.Macron and his wife Brigitte met Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan Monday night at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where the Chinese leader praised France's foresight in being the first major Western country to establish diplomatic relations with Communist China, in 1964 .
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