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World

China’s Xi praises French ties as Macron prepares to talk trade

Published May 5, 2024
France’s Prime Minister Gabriel Attal greets China’s President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan upon their arrival for an official two-day state visit, at Orly airport, south of Paris on May 5, 2024. Photo: AFP
France’s Prime Minister Gabriel Attal greets China’s President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan upon their arrival for an official two-day state visit, at Orly airport, south of Paris on May 5, 2024. Photo: AFP

PARIS: President Xi Jinping lauded China’s ties with France as an international model on Sunday as he arrived in Paris for a rare visit against a backdrop of mounting trade disputes with the EU.

French President Emmanuel Macron is set to urge Xi to reduce trade imbalances and to use his influence with Russia over the war in Ukraine. China’s President is due to meet Macron and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Monday.

Xi, who was welcomed in Paris by Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, said in a statement released on his arrival that ties between China and France were “a model for the international community of peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation between countries with different social systems”.

China’s Xi to visit France, Serbia and Hungary May 5-10, foreign ministry says

France is backing a European Union probe into Chinese electric vehicle exports, and in January, Beijing opened an investigation into mostly French-made imports of brandy, a move widely seen as a tit-for-tat retaliation for EU probes.

“We want to obtain reciprocity of exchanges and have the elements of our economic security taken into account,” Macron said in an interview with French newspaper La Tribune ahead of Xi’s two-day visit, his first trip to the region in five years.

The EU’s 27 members - in particular France and Germany – are divided on their attitude towards China.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will not join Macron and Xi in Paris due to prior commitments, sources said.

“In Europe, we are not unanimous on the subject because certain players still see China as essentially a market of opportunities,” Macron said, without naming any countries.

These divisions could undermine the EU’s ability to influence the Asian giant.

France will also seek to make progress on opening the Chinese market to its agricultural exports and resolve issues around the French cosmetic industry’s concerns about intellectual property rights, officials said.

China may announce an order for around 50 Airbus aircraft during Xi’s visit, but it remains uncertain whether it will be a new deal, people familiar with the negotiations said.

France has been keen to nudge China into pressuring Moscow to halt operations in Ukraine, with little progress apart from Xi’s decision to call President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for the first time shortly after Macron visited Beijing last year.

“If the Chinese seek to deepen the relationship with European partners, it is really important that they hear our point of view and start taking it seriously,” a French diplomatic source said.

Macron will take Xi to the Pyrenees, a mountainous region dear to the French President as the birthplace of his maternal grandmother, on Tuesday before Xi heads to Russia-friendly Serbia and Hungary.

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test May 05, 2024 08:29pm
Europe can balance its ties with both China and United States so that Europe can have the three currencies for trade Yuan, Euro, Dollar for trade and this will connect the Europe to both China and USA
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test May 05, 2024 08:32pm
Europe has nearly 1 trillion dollar trade with China and 1 trillion dollar trade with US. They can invest into each other countries to promote bilateral, unilateral, multilateral trade and investment.
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test May 05, 2024 08:32pm
Europe has nearly 1 trillion dollar trade with China and 1 trillion dollar trade with US. They can invest into each other countries to promote bilateral, unilateral, multilateral trade and investment.
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test May 05, 2024 08:34pm
Both Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron seem good friends when it come to diplomacy, trade, investmet, science and technology, business to business and people to people relations. EU & China ties sensible
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