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fmprc | Arrival Statement by H.E. Xi Jinping President of the People's Republic of China At Paris Orly Airport, France (05.05.24)
During my visit, I will have an in-depth exchange of views with President Macron on the development of Sino-French and China-EU relations under the new situation, as well as current major international and regional issues. I hope that through this visit, we will consolidate the traditional friendship between the two countries, enhance political mutual trust, build strategic consensus, deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and use the torch of history to illuminate the way forward, create a better future for Sino-French relations, and make new contributions to world peace, stability and development.
F24 | Macron set to press China's Xi on trade, Ukraine during Paris visit, 5 May
Xi's choice of France as the sole major European power to visit indicates the relative warmth in Sino-French relations since Macron made his own state visit to China in April 2023 and acknowledges the French leader's stature as an EU powerbroke
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The leader of the one-party Communist state of more than 1.4 billion people, accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan, was welcomed under umbrellas at a drizzly Paris Orly airport by Prime Minister Gabriel Attal. Tuesday will see Macron take Xi to the Pyrenees mountains to an area he used to visit as a boy for a day of less public and more intimate talks.
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"The two core messages from Macron will be on Chinese support to Russia's military capabilities and Chinese market-distorting practices," said Janka Oertel, director of the Asia programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. "However, both messages are unlikely to have a significant impact on Chinese behaviour: Xi is not on a mission to repair ties, because from his point of view all is well."...
RFI | China's Xi Jinping visits France to work through global crises, 5 May
China's President Xi Jinping has arrived in France for a rare state visit that marks 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to urge the Chinese leader to reduce trade imbalances and to use his influence with Russia over the war in Ukraine.

"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 on Sunday.
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by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2024 at 06:58:52 PM EST
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