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F24 | Macron and China's Xi break protocol for one-on-one visit to the Pyrenees, 7 May
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The two couples, who travelled on separate flights from Paris, also took separate cars to the mountains and arrived amid thick fog—missing out on the view. After watching traditional dancers perform under the snowy peaks, they ate locally grown ham, lamb, cheese, and blueberry pie. Xi said he would give the ham some publicity and also praised the cheese.
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French and Chinese companies concluded some agreements on Monday ranging from energy, finance, and transport on the sidelines of Xi's visit, but most were agreements to cooperate or renewed commitments to work together, and there were no significant deals.

In a sign of some progress, China will allow imports of pig origin protein feed as well as pork offal [US-Eng. chit'lins] from France effective immediately, according to statements from Chinese customs and the French farm ministry. European hopes of an Airbus plane order to coincide with Xi's visit appear to have been dashed, with the two sides agreeing only to expand co-operation.

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A European diplomat said Xi was the "winner" of the visit, having "cemented his image as the 'ruler of the world' where westerners are begging him to solve European problems in Ukraine".
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French cognac makers rallied on Tuesday as Xi presented what Macron described as an "open attitude" towards a trade dispute between the two countries.###
usnews ChatGPT | Chinese Leader Xi Visits the French Pyrenees
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French President Emmanuel Macron made a point of inviting Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Tourmalet Pass near the Spanish border, where Macron spent time as a child visiting his grandmother. It is meant to be a reciprocal gesture after Xi took Macron last year to the residence of the governor of Guangdong province, where the Chinese president's father once lived.
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The mountain meetings come after a grandiose state visit by Xi on Monday that included a ceremonial welcome at the monument housing Napoleon's tomb and a state dinner at the Elysee Palace with celebrities and magnates.
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Xi left France from the Pyrenees on Tuesday evening by plane, in a departure ceremony that included military fanfare.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lin Jian's Regular Press Conference on May 7, 2024
Reuters: President Xi Jinping will visit Serbia soon. Will President Xi visit the site of the Chinese Embassy in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia that was bombed by NATO?
Lin Jian: As the visit proceeds, more details will be released. You may follow our updates on that. 

On NATO's bombing of the Chinese Embassy in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, let me say that 25 years ago, the US-led NATO forces illegally attacked the sovereign state of Yugoslavia without the authorization of the UN Security Council, killing thousands of innocent civilians, including three Chinese journalists. The Chinese people will never forget this barbaric atrocity committed by NATO and will never accept such tragic history repeating itself. Each year, commemorative events are held by Serbia and the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.   

by Cat on Tue May 7th, 2024 at 08:16:30 PM EST
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