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War in Ukraine: Macron in China to work with Xi "in the direction of a return to peace"


The Head of State's trip will take him to Beijing but also to Canton, announced the Elysee Palace, assuring that Emmanuel Macron was "committed to maintaining a constant and demanding dialogue with China".

French President Emmanuel Macron will take advantage of his "

State visit"

to China from April 5 to 8 to "


" with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping "

in the direction of a return to peace

" in Ukraine, said this Friday March 24 the Elysée.

The Head of State's trip will take him to Beijing but also to Canton, announced the French presidency, assuring that Emmanuel Macron was "

committed to maintaining a constant and demanding dialogue with China


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This trip at the beginning of April had been announced at the end of February by the president, but the dates and the cities concerned had not yet been revealed.


The French and Chinese presidents will have in-depth discussions on the war in Ukraine to work towards a return to peace and this in compliance with international law, in particular the sovereignty of the territorial integrity of Ukraine

" , explained the Elysee.

Xi's visit to Russia

Xi Jinping traveled to Russia this week where he showed his strong support for Russian President Vladimir Putin in the face of Westerners.

Just before, Beijing had tried to mediate in the Ukrainian conflict by putting forward its own peace proposals.

France, for its part, intended to push China, which has never denounced the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to use its influence on Moscow to convince Vladimir Putin to sit down at the negotiating table with Kiev.

According to the French presidency, the discussions at the beginning of April "

will also focus on the international crises in the Middle East, in Africa and on the tensions in the Indo-Pacific zone


Read alsoXi Jinping spares no support for Putin

The reopening of China after the pandemic offers the opportunity to relaunch the dynamic of Franco-Chinese relations on all aspects, at a time when international tensions and crises require more than ever to give a horizon to this strategic partnership”

, she argues.

The visit will have three main components: strategic issues and international crises, cooperation in the face of major global challenges, and economic relations

,” she adds.

As Emmanuel Macron announced at a press conference on Friday in Brussels, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will be present "

on part of the program

" in the name of "

European unity

", "

essential prerequisite building a balanced partnership with China



It will also be a question of giving new impetus to Franco-Chinese cooperation in the face of global issues for which a strong commitment from China is essential given the impact of its development on the rest of the planet", such as

the climate and biodiversity, explained the Elysée.

Source: lefigaro

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