Macron seeks to tighten cooperation with China

Nusa Dua, Indonesia, Nov 15 (EFE).- French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called on his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to strengthen their cooperation to face the consequences of the war in Ukraine.

The 43-minute long meeting at the G20 summit in Bali was mainly focused on Ukraine, where Macron expects from Xi a more active role in the search for peace.

“The consequences of this conflict go beyond European borders, and must be overcome by close coordination between France and China,” said an official statement from the French presidency.

According to French media reports, Macron asked Xi to convey messages to Russian president Vladimir Putin to stop the war moving forward and return to the negotiating table.

Both heads of state agreed on the urgency of de-escalation and to maintain and reaffirm “their firm position on the prevention of the use of nuclear weapons.”

The leaders also addressed the G20’s role in safeguarding the agricultural markets and supporting the most vulnerable economies in the current context of economic crisis.

According to a statement published by China’s ministry of foreign affairs, Xi also asked Macron to “encourage the EU to stay committed to an independent and positive China policy.”

Both leaders also discussed cooperation in aeronautics, nuclear power, and agri-food, as well as climate risks and the need to protect biodiversity.EFE


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