French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (right) visited China and held a trilateral meeting between France, Europe and China on the 6th.

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[Compiler Guan Shuping/Comprehensive Report] French President Macron met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on the 6th. Macron urged Xi Jinping to "make Russia sober" and end the war in Ukraine; Xi Jinping called for the restart of peace talks and a political settlement as soon as possible, but There is no indication that Beijing is willing to use its friendly influence with Russia to exert pressure.

President of the European Commission Von der Leyen also held trilateral talks with the two after visiting China. Von der Leyen raised the Taiwan issue and said that the use or threat of force to unilaterally change the status quo is unacceptable; French diplomats revealed that Xi Jinping indicated that he would Von der Leyen welcomed the call to Ukrainian President Zelensky "in due course".

Stability, peace and the status quo in the Taiwan Strait have clear interests for Europe

Macron and Von der Leyen also held trilateral talks with Xi Jinping, as well as bilateral talks between Von der Leyen and Xi Jinping.

After the meeting, von der Leyen said that she warned Chinese leaders not to provide Russian weapons and also raised the Taiwan issue, saying, "We all agree that the stability of the Taiwan Strait is of the highest importance, and we have very clear interests in maintaining stability, peace and the status quo in the Taiwan Strait. Therefore, no one should unilaterally use force to change the status quo in this region." "It is unacceptable to use or threaten to use force to change the status quo. It is important to resolve possible tensions through dialogue." Xinhua News Agency reported that Xi Jinping said that the Taiwan issue is China's "core The core of interests", don't expect China to compromise.

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Macron urges Xi Jinping to persuade Russia to end Ukraine war

"I know I can rely on you to bring Russia to its senses and bring everyone back to the negotiating table," Macron told Xi during the talks, pointing to China's support for the U.N. Announcing the deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus violates international agreements and commitments Moscow has made to Beijing.

"We need to find a lasting peace," Macron said.

Xi did not depart from China’s position on the peace roadmap for Ukraine proposed in February. He stated that the core of China’s position is to promote peace talks and political solutions, calling for the restart of peace talks as soon as possible. Concerns", seek a political solution, and establish a balanced, effective and sustainable European security architecture.

The Elysee Palace, the French presidential palace, said the talks were "frank and constructive"; Beijing said the discussions between the two were "friendly and in-depth".

A French diplomat present said that the two talked for about an hour and a half. Macron "urged Xi not to provide Russia with any material that would be used in the country's war against Ukraine." power ups.

However, Moscow then poured cold water. Kremlin spokesman Peskov said on the 6th that "so far there is no possibility of a political solution" and Moscow "has no choice" but to continue its military operations in Ukraine.

Regarding EU-China relations, Von der Leyen said that she does not think "decoupling" with China is a feasible strategy, but the EU needs to deal with risks, so "dialogue and keeping communication channels open are more important than ever."

Xi said that China and the EU should persist in dialogue and cooperation, "not targeting, not relying on, and not subject to third parties." China and the EU should avoid politicization and security of economic and trade issues, and establish a stable and trustworthy supply chain.

French President Emmanuel Macron met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on the 6th, urging Xi Jinping to "make Russia sober" and end the war in Ukraine.

The picture shows Xi Jinping (left) welcoming Macron (right) with a military salute at the Great Hall of the People on the 6th.

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