Projects under the initiative have faced complaints that they leave host countries with too much debt, and with too little work going to local companies. Italian Undersecretary of State Guglielmo Picchi tweeted earlier this month that Italy should not sign the agreement.
The foreign ministry's statement did not give details of Xi's schedule during the trip. However, the office of French President Emmanuel Macron said Xi will be in France from Sunday through Tuesday. Macron is to greet Xi in the French Riviera city of Nice on Sunday.
The Monaco royal palace said Xi will also visit the tiny Mediterranean principality on Sunday.