French President Macron visits China for the first time in three years

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French President Emmanuel Macron paid an official visit to China for the first time in three years. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, also attended the visit to represent the European Union. During the meeting, China's attitude towards Ukraine and its relations with Russia were among the main issues.

French President Macron visits China for the first time in three years

French President Emmanuel Macron paid an official visit to Beijing for the first time in three years on Wednesday.

Macron has said that during his three-day visit, he is keen to stress to his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, who he will meet alongside European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday, that Europe will not accept China providing arms to Russia. He also hopes to talk trade and economic ties with Chinese leaders.

THE WAR OF UKRAINE IS ON THE AGENDA

Macron, Ukrayna mevzusunu Xi Jinping ile görüşmesinde dile getirecek. Macron said he would “try to build, and somehow engage China toward a shared responsibility for peace and stability on international issues” including Ukraine, Iran and North Korea.

Macron expressed hope China will “participate in initiatives that are useful to the Ukrainian people.”

“Dialogue with China is indispensable,” Macron said during the event at the French Embassy.

THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL BE REPRESENTED

Macron invited von der Leyen on the trip as a way to project European unity, after French officials criticised German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for going solo to China late last year.

'SEVERE CONSEQUESCES'

“Allies have been clear that any provision of lethal aid by China to Russia would be a historic mistake, with profound implications,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters after chairing a meeting of the organization’s foreign ministers in Brussels.

Stoltenberg declined to say what the implications of such a move might be, but warned only that it would involve “severe consequences.”

“At a time when Beijing and Moscow are pushing back against the rules-based international order, it is even more important that we continue to stand together,” he said.

(AP - Reuters)

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