Macron to press Xi Jinping on trade and Russian war in Ukraine - Reuters

Oleksiy LutykovPolitics
Emmanuel Macron and Xi Jinping. Source: elysee.fr

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Paris to hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. It is expected that during the dialogue between the two politicians, the French president will try to put pressure on Xi to try to convince him to use his influence on the terrorist country Russia.

Macron will also seek to ensure that China reduces its trade imbalances. This was reported by Reuters.

On the eve of Xi's visit to Paris, an advisor to the Elysee Palace said that France should continue to insist that the Chinese authorities provide Europe with more guarantees on trade issues. It is worth noting that France supports the European Union's investigation into Chinese exports of electric vehicles. In response, Beijing has launched an investigation into imports of brandy, which is mainly made in France.

In addition to Macron, Xi Jinping is also expected to meet with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The talks are likely to raise the issue of disagreements within the 27 EU members, particularly between France and Germany, which undermine their ability to influence China. At the same time, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will not join Macron and Xi Jinping in Paris.

During the visit of the Chinese delegation, France will try to push Beijing to put pressure on Moscow to stop its military aggression against Ukraine.

"Since China is one of Russia's main partners, our goal is to use the leverage it has over Moscow to change Russia's calculations and help contribute to the resolution of the conflict," the Elysee Palace advisor said.

As a reminder, former Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin pointed out that Xi Jinping's visit to Europe will begin on May 6 and last until May 10. This means that none of the superpower leaders who could have attended the inauguration of Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin will be attending this event.

Earlier, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that the aggressor country Russia should take part in the upcoming peace conference in Switzerland. Representatives of Beijing emphasized that it is necessary to establish peace talks between Ukraine and Russia.

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