Chinese President Xi Jinping told European Council President Charles Michel on Thursday in a meeting in Beijing that Beijing will continue to strengthen strategic communication and coordination with the European Union.
At a meeting in the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital, Xi told Michel that he hopes EU institutions and member states present an objective and fair view of China, China Central Television reported on Thursday.
The Chinese president’s talks with the president of the European Council come amid differences between Brussels and Beijing over trade, Russia and Taiwan.
EU officials say the one-day visit is dedicated to balancing the EU’s desire for more exports in China and the need for Brussels to stand firm with Beijing in defending democracy and fundamental freedoms.
Michel’s visit is also an opportunity for the 27-member bloc to show a united front after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pays a solitary visit in China in early November.
The visit also comes amid heightened tensions over self-rule Taiwan, which China has threatened to invade. A growing number of politicians from the European Parliament and EU member states are visiting Taiwan, sparking anger in Beijing.
This comes as French President Emmanuel Macron warned, at the start of a state visit to the United States yesterday, Wednesday, of the “danger” that Europe in general and France in in particular fall victim to the current commercial competition between Washington and Beijing, the two major economic powers in the world.
In a speech delivered at the French embassy in Washington in front of the French community, Macron considered that “the danger lies in the fact that the United States, in facing the challenges of the times, looks first to the United States, and this is normal.. .and then look at the competition with China and, in in a sense, it becomes Europe. “France is like a turning point.”
France has long stressed that it does not consider itself a “biased” ally towards China, in one moment in which the United States has made strategic competition with Beijing its main strategic focus.
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