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President Xi the trilateral meeting China-France-EU Paris

  • May 6, 2024
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Chinese President Xi Jinping called for the continuation and strengthening of China-EU relations during a China-France-EU trilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the Palace of the ‘Élysée in Paris on May 6.

In a statement, President Xi said China views Europe as an important dimension of its major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics and an important partner on China’s modernization path.

President Xi’s two-day visit to France is the first part of a European tour, the first of its kind in five years.

He added that it is hoped that China-France and China-EU relations will strengthen each other and prosper together.

“As the world enters a new period of turbulence and transformation, China and the EU, as two important forces in the world, must continue to regard each other as partners, remain engaged in dialogue and cooperation , deepen strategic communication and strengthen strategic mutual trust, build strategic consensus, carry out strategic coordination, work for the steady and healthy growth of China-EU relations, and continue to make new contributions to peace and security. global development. “

President Xi is in France for his third state visit at the invitation of President Macron – this year the two countries commemorate 60 years of diplomatic relations.

In a statement upon his arrival, President Xi said he intended to have an “in-depth exchange of views” on strengthening China-France and China-EU relations.

“During my visit, I will have an in-depth exchange of views with President Macron on the development of China-France and China-Europe relations under the new circumstances as well as major international and regional issues in today’s world. today. I hope this visit will help consolidate our long-standing friendship, strengthen political trust, build strategic consensus and deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields. I hope our two countries will light our path with the torch of history, usher in a better future for China-France relations, and make new contributions to world peace, stability and development.

Macron said the future of the European continent depends on developing balanced relations with China, adding that the meeting would address trade issues as well as efforts to end the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

Macron recently visited China in April 2023.

After France on Monday and Tuesday, President Xi will visit Serbia and Hungary.

According to the Associated Press, US President Joe Biden is expected to make his own state visit to France in a month.

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Allwitch Joly