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Press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the meetings of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs, 5 Apr "Strategic Concept" (as delivered)
ZDF: Thanks. Secretary General, I have a more general question on China. As the view on China changed, are you ready to change, or is NATO ready to change the [13 pp] Strategic Concept towards China?
Stoltenberg: No. The reality is that the Strategic Concept we agreed in Madrid reflects NATO's or, as I say, a new recognition of what China means for our security, because I think we need to realize that NATO has come a long way when it comes to China. In the Strategic Concept we had until last summer, China was not mentioned with a single word. Then, in the Strategic Concept we agreed in Madrid, in June last year, we made important decisions. We don't regard China as an adversary. But we stated clearly in the Strategic Concept that China's assertive behaviour poses a challenge to our interests, our values, our security....
"assertive behavior"
Qin Gang Meets with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna (2023-04-05)
Qin Gang said that beginning with Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and General Charles de Gaulle, China and France have established and developed bilateral relations in the spirit of strategic autonomy. The more complex the world situation becomes, the more the two sides should adhere to strategic independence. Noting that the Chinese side attaches great importance to President Macron's visit to China, Qin Gang said that the Chinese side is willing to work with the French side to make this visit fruitful with outcomes and take the China-France comprehensive strategic partnership and practical cooperation in various fields up to a higher level.
Colonna said that France-China relations are of vital importance. France views its relations with China from a strategic and long-term perspective, appreciating China for the thoughtful arrangements for Macron's visit. She hopes that this visit will inject new vitality into bilateral cooperation in various fields. France adheres to its independent decision-making and the tradition of friendly and cooperative policy toward China. France is willing to work with China to comprehensively resume bilateral relations after COVID-19, constantly deepen cooperation in the fields such as economy and trade as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and jointly respond to global challenges.
President Xi Jinping Holds Talks with French President Emmanuel Macron (2023-04-06)
...President Xi welcomed President Macron's state visit to China after a lapse of over three years. He noted that over the past three years and more, despite a changing and unstable international landscape, China and France have worked together to maintain a positive and sound growth momentum in their bilateral ties. The two sides have maintained high-frequency and high-quality strategic communication in a hybrid format, supported each other in the fight against COVID-19, and seen robust growth in bilateral trade and important outcomes from cooperation in aerospace, aviation, agriculture, food and other areas. The two countries have also carried out close communication and coordination on such issues as climate change, biodiversity, and Africa's development....
Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Korean Peninsula Affairs Liu Xiaoming Visits EU Headquarters (2023-04-06)
...and held talks respectively with Deputy Secretary-General Enrique Mora and Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific Gunnar Wiegand of the European External Action Service (EEAS). The two sides exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula, China-EU relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Liu Xiaoming shared China's policy and position on the Korean Peninsula issue....

President Xi Jinping Holds Trilateral Meeting with French President Macron and European Commission President von der Leyen (2023-04-06)
...President Xi pointed out that the concurrent visit to China by President Macron and President von der Leyen demonstrates the positive desire of the European Union (EU) to grow relations with China and advances the common interests of China and the EU. In a complex and volatile world beset by the protracted Ukraine crisis, faltering global recovery, volatile financial markets and growing difficulties facing developing countries, China and the EU need to stay committed to dialogue and cooperation, uphold world peace and stability, foster common development and prosperity, promote human progress, and address global challenges together....
Xi Jinping: China Ready to Issue a Joint Call with France for Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis (2023-04-06)
On the afternoon of 6 April, President Xi Jinping held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, and they met the press afterwards.

President Xi reaffirmed China's commitment to facilitating peace talks and political settlement on the Ukraine crisis. China stands ready to issue a joint call with France for the international community:

To stay rational, exercise restraint, and avoid taking actions that might cause the crisis to further deteriorate or even spiral out of control;

To strictly abide by international humanitarian law, avoid attacking civilians or civilian facilities, and protect women, children and other victims of the conflict;

To earnestly honor the solemn pledge that nuclear weapons must not be used and nuclear wars must not be fought, oppose the use of biological weapons under any circumstances, and oppose armed attacks against nuclear power plants or other civilian nuclear facilities;

To resume peace talks as soon as possible, observe the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, accommodate the legitimate security concerns of all parties, seek political settlement, and foster a balanced, effective and sustainable European security architecture; and

To jointly address the spillover effects of the Ukraine crisis in food, energy, finance, transportation and other fields, and reduce the negative impact of the Ukraine crisis on the world, especially on developing countries.

Politico.eu.com | Macron fails to move Xi Jinping over Russia's war on Ukraine, 6 Apr
Chinese President Xi Jinping showed no sign of changing his position [to] Russia's war on Ukraine after talks Thursday with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

On the second day of Macron's state visit to China, Xi took his long-standing line on Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine -- saying that "all sides" have "reasonable security concerns"—and gave no hint [?] he would use his influence to help end the conflict.

"China is willing to jointly appeal with France to the international community to remain rational and calm," was as far as the Chinese leader would go, during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

First Post | full press conference with signing ceremony, A/V (FR, Mandarin), 00:37:45
France24 | full press conference with Xi, Macron, Merkel, and Juncker, A/V EN translator, 00:37:36
After reading his carefully scripted remarks while staring straight ahead, Xi at times looked impatient and annoyed as Macron continued speaking. Xi heaved a couple of deep sighs and looked uncomfortable as Macron addressed him directly[,] while apparently ad-libbing on the Ukraine war and about their joint responsibility to uphold peace.

The tone of the exchange contrasted starkly with a signing ceremony for various commercial contracts that immediately preceded the "press conference with Communist characteristics," at which the two leaders took no questions from the media.

At the press conference, Macron appealed to Xi to explicitly condemn Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

by Cat on Thu Apr 6th, 2023 at 01:20:34 PM EST

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