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Great stuff ... thx Cat for digging finding the essence of the State visit.

I can't find any reason for VDL tagging along a distance behind Macron for her visit ... representing the EU. Did she have the interest of Europe and it's Four Freedoms in mind?

From this year forward, I will call her Lady AC ... spokeswoman Atlantic Council. A sad moment for the EU ... I do not see recovery in Europe's future. A poor choice for EU leadership, the former German defense minister under Angela Merkel.

Where are Charles Michel and Josep Borrell?

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 9th, 2023 at 06:46:33 AM EST
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Michel drive-by in [DECEMBER 2022] left no impression.

It subsequently appears that Macron won a [European [Council] of Europe] draft round.
reuters | China's EU ambassador says EU leaders may visit China by mid-2023, 26 Feb 2023
EU "embargo" Einstein brackets

... Fu Cong said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel may visit China [again] in the first half of 2023, China's state-backed Global Times reported.

The two sides have taken divergent positions on the year-long war in Ukraine, with EU diplomats criticising China's refusal to describe the conflict as an invasion or to call for a Russian withdrawal from Ukrainian territory.

archived This war is not a conflict (04.03.22)
Fu said in the interview that EU anger with China over Ukraine was "very irrational" and that China did not want the issue to affect the development of [commercial] ties [!!1!] with the bloc.
aggressor and "agressee"
After the Chinese foreign ministry published on Friday a position paper [is neither a plan nor a "nonpaper"] expounding its stance on the war, the EU's < wipes tears > top diplomat in China Jorge Toledo told reporters in Beijing that parts of the paper were concerning....
March Madness
In Beijing, Spanish PM urges Xi to speak with Ukraine's Zelensk*, 31 Mar
...Sanchez declined to say what Xi had said about the issue.....
lamoncloa.gob.es | Pedro Sánchez meets Chinese Premier Li Qiang in Beijing and the two countries sign four cooperation agreements
...The meeting proved to be very useful to address the many investment opportunities there are for both China and Spain in sectors such as the manufacture of electric vehicles, an area in which our country is already the fourth largest recipient of investment globally....
cockroach alert Borrell will visit Beijing next week; that is, theoretically, w/e 15 Apr

April China Briefing
France-China Relations: Trade, Investment, and Recent Developments (Updated), illustrated
EU-China Relations - Trade, Investment, and Recent Developments

by Cat on Sun Apr 9th, 2023 at 06:07:33 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Apr 10th, 2023 at 12:23:15 PM EST
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Oleksandr Merezhko, chair UA parliament ... the counterpart to Russia's Dugin?

Ukraine Lawmaker Questions Kyiv's Strategic Partnership With Beijing | VOA - Aug. 30, 2022 |

Macron has started to use the term "the crisis in Ukraine", which is promoted by Russian and Chinese propaganda.

Rubbish, Macron confers to Russia's war of aggression ...

Emmanuel Macron castigates Russia, "a country that colonizes its neighbor"

... où il a dénoncé auprès d'étudiants le conflit amorcé par Moscou. "Cette guerre, c'est une violation manifeste de notre droit international".

#makepeacenotwar ☮️

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 10th, 2023 at 01:55:35 PM EST
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on April 12, 2023
At the invitation of State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang, Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, will pay a visit to China and hold the 12th round of China-EU High-level Strategic Dialogue from April 13 to 15. At the invitation of State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will pay an official visit to China from April 13 to 15. During the visit, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang and Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will co-chair the sixth round of China-Germany Strategic Dialogue on Diplomacy and Security.
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AFP: French President Macron has continued to receive criticism for saying that Europe should follow neither the US nor China when it comes to Taiwan. Former US President Trump yesterday accused Macron of pandering to China. You previously stated China's stance on Taiwan, but would you be willing to comment specifically on Macron's remarks and the controversy surrounding them?
Wang Wenbin: As a journalist from AFP, you are particularly interested in President Macron's visit to China, which I think is understandable. Not long ago, French President Emmanuel Macron paid a successful visit to China, during which the two sides reached important common understandings. The visit injected new impetus into China-France and EU cooperation. 

It comes as no surprise that President Macron's view that Europe should develop more strategic autonomy and avoid getting entangled in bloc confrontation has attracted some criticism, especially from the US. From our perspective, certain country is reluctant to see other countries being independent, and often seeks to coerce others into doing its bidding. But the truth is, strategic autonomy will bring more respect and friends, while coercion and pressure will only cause more resistance and opposition.
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euractiv | On China trip, EU's top diplomat aims to project EU unity after Macron remarks, 12 Apr Nancy Blinkinitis
Updates
***The planned visit has been postponed as EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell has tested positive for COVID-19.

Amid the controversy caused by French President Emmanual Macron's China trip, the EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell is was expected to present a unified EU front on China policy during his visit later this week. Borrell is was expected to travel to Beijing from Thursday (13 April) to Saturday for the annual EU-China strategic dialogue with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang....

China's Position on the Afghan Issue (2023-04-12), 11 Points of Light
by Cat on Wed Apr 12th, 2023 at 07:50:06 PM EST
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My impression is, Josep was hit by the China virus ... Xi's secret weapon 😂

It it is up to Annalena to show off EU unity in Beijing #wearenato

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 12th, 2023 at 08:47:03 PM EST
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and it will not be a pretty sight.
by Cat on Thu Apr 13th, 2023 at 11:50:29 AM EST
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Beyond the G7 juggernaut barrelling through the Ukraine crisis to Taiwan tension, China's consultations with UN functionaries is a thankless, possibly futile, mission. While All Eyes were glued to the frontier of EU "strategic autonomy", the fmprc debriefed the US liaison in Guterres' office.

Special Envoy of the Chinese Government on the Middle East Issue Zhai Jun Meets with Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Rosemary A. DiCarlo
Director-General of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Liu Jinsong Meets with Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Rosemary A. DiCarlo
Qin Gang Meets with Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary A. DiCarlo

ROW attention to UNSC responsibility for Afghanistan "issues" surfaced here:  
Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 11 Apr
Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 12 Apr

by Cat on Thu Apr 13th, 2023 at 06:19:12 PM EST
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euractiv | Biden debriefs [sic] China visit in sperate [sic] calls with von der Leyen, Macron, 21 Apr Friday Morning Paranormal Coaching
US President Joe Biden held separate calls on Thursday (20 April) with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and with French President Emmanuel Macron and discussed their recent trip to Beijing, the White House said.
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reference
whitehouse | Readout of President Joe Biden's Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France, 20 Apr
whitehouse | Readout of President Joe Biden's Call with President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission, 20 Apr
Élysée.fr | President Macron spoke by phone with U.S. President Joe Biden., 20 Apr
Commission PR, EC president PR, 20 Apr
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by Cat on Fri Apr 21st, 2023 at 10:46:01 AM EST
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https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2023/04/dutch-special-envoy-to-ukraine-quits-after-pro-russia-comments /

LOL

by Oosterbeek on Fri Apr 21st, 2023 at 12:33:24 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 21st, 2023 at 06:04:52 PM EST
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