President Xi Jinping meets Macron after Italy

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Macron is expected to ask for increased "reciprocity" regarding access to the Chinese market for European companies

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France-China relations. Chinese President Xi Jinping began his visit to France on Sunday, where he was received by his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Nizza.

Macron welcomed the Chinese president with a private dinner.

After Italy’s surprising adhesion to the Belt and Road Initiative, seen by many analysts as a sort of a Trojan horse, Macron’s task will also be to recompile the European economic and infrastructural policy.

Xi Jinping has underlined the importance of maintaining good relations between China and France, hoping that this relationship between the two countries may be long-lasting and profitable for the whole world.

France was the first western country to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.

Moreover, France was the first country to sign strategic partnerships with China and to start a cooperation program in the nuclear energy sector.

Xi said the visit occurs on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and on the 55th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Macron should repeat his requests for greater “reciprocity” as regards access to the Chinese market, in particular as regards the transmission of vital technological know-how.

“If we’re going to talk about a new Silk Road, then it must be one that goes in both directions,” Finance Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFM television on Friday.

Xi Jinping’s European tour started on March 21st.

He met the Italian president Sergio Mattarella and was received by ministers and representatives of the Italian government, with whom he signed agreements and projects worth between 3 and 20 billion potential. Italy is the first G7 country to join the ambitious Chinese infrastructure project of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Europe’s distrust of Huawei, which is poised to become the dominant player in the new generation 5G telecommunications networks worldwide, is emblematic of the rocky relations that China has with the West.

Image: Xinhua

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