Xi Jinping’s Visit to Paris: Trade and Ukraine Conflict on Agenda

Xi Jinping's Visit to Paris: Trade and Ukraine Conflict on Agenda
Xi Jinping's Visit to Paris: Trade and Ukraine Conflict on Agenda (Image: Reuters)
Xi Jinping's Visit to Paris: Trade and Ukraine Conflict on Agenda
Xi Jinping's Visit to Paris: Trade and Ukraine Conflict on Agenda (Image: Reuters)

Xi Jinping’s Visit to Paris: Trade and Ukraine Conflict on Agenda

Xi Jinping’s Visit to Paris: Trade and Ukraine Conflict on Agenda

Xi Jinping’s Visit to Paris: Trade and Ukraine Conflict on Agenda

Key Highlights:

  1. Chinese President Xi Jinping embarked on his first visit to Paris in five years, with trade and Russia’s conflict with Ukraine topping the agenda in talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen.
  2. Despite trade tensions over EU probes into Chinese electric vehicle exports and French-made brandy imports, Xi praised the ties between China and France as a model of peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation.
  3. Chinese state media adopted a conciliatory tone, emphasizing China’s desire to expand cooperation with Europe and support its strategic autonomy, amid diverging attitudes within the EU towards China.

During Xi’s visit, France aims to address issues such as urging China to press Moscow to halt operations in Ukraine, opening the Chinese market for French agricultural exports, and resolving concerns about intellectual property rights in the French cosmetic industry. Meanwhile, China may announce an order for around 50 Airbus aircraft during the visit.

Despite efforts to enhance cooperation, divisions within the EU persist regarding its approach to China, with France advocating a tougher stance on trade issues while Germany opts for a more cautious approach. Xi’s visit marks a crucial opportunity for dialogue and cooperation between China and the EU on various fronts, including trade and geopolitical concerns.

source: Reuters

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