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China’s Xi meets top EU leaders to strengthen ties


PTI, Mar 26, 2019, 11:42 AM IST

Paris: The leaders of China, France, and the EU were set to meet in on Tuesday for “unprecedented” talks on how to improve ties, despite growing jitters over Beijing’s massive investments in 

It comes ahead of an EU-summit in next month and a day after Chinese Jinping signed an array of deals with including a huge aircraft contract.

“This is an important gesture that we are making now. It is testament to your deep attachment to China’s cooperation with .. and my desire to build a strong Europe,” he told 

German and will join and Macron at the to explore “points of convergence” between the two trading giants.

On Monday and inked a dozen deals on nuclear power, cultural exchanges and clean energy, while also committed to buy 290 and 10 airliners from Europe’s conglomerate. The order, originally for 184 for 13 Chinese airlines, was first announced during

Macron’s state visit to China in January 2018. All of the deals, including one on French exports to China of frozen chicken, amount to a total of some $40 billion.

Xi’s visit poses a particular challenge for Macron, who wants to deepen EU ties with China while pushing back against Beijing’s growing global clout.

Speaking at the on Monday following talks with Xi, Macron called for a “strong Europe-China partnership”, adding that this must be based on “strong multilateralism” and “fair and balanced” trade. Meanwhile Xi stressed that “a united and prosperous fits in with our vision of a multipolar world”.

“China will always back European integration and its development,” he added in a statement to the press.

Around 200 guests including the French Alain Delon, who is widely known in China, French and Chinese attended the state dinner on Monday.

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