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Xi Jinping’s State Visit to France: A Step Towards Strengthening Sino-French Relations

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In a significant move to deepen ties with Europe, Chinese President Xi Jinping embarked on a state visit to France, marking his first stop on a European tour aimed at rebuilding relations amidst global tensions. The visit, which began on May 6, 2024, saw President Xi engaging in high level talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The discussions were centered around trade, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and the broader perspective for Sino-French relations.

President Xi’s visit is particularly noteworthy as it is his first trip to Europe since 2019. It included meetings with Macron and EU chief von der Leyen, highlighting the importance of this diplomatic engagement. The Chinese leader’s agenda also covered the situation in the Middle East, where both leaders expressed their shared goals for an immediate ceasefire and political resolution.

The visit of President Xi could potentially herald a new era of cooperation between China and France, with implications for the wider international community. The outcomes of these high-level meetings may set China’s interactions with other European nations as President Xi continues his tour to Serbia and Hungary.

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