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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.
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.

euractiv | On China trip, EU's top diplomat aims to project EU unity after Macron remarks, 12 Apr Nancy Blinkinitis
***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....

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