Global Affairs

Europe's new realism towards China

Tomorrow, French President Emmanuel Macron hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is in Paris for talks. He invited German and European Commission leaders along, in a sign of European unity in dealing with China.

LONDON • A bit of history will be made tomorrow when French President Emmanuel Macron hosts in Paris a visit by Mr Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart.

For instead of conducting this encounter as a purely Franco-Chinese, bilateral affair - as most other nations would do - Mr Macron invited both Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Union Commission, the EU's executive body, to be present during Mr Xi's Paris visit and take part in the discussions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2019, with the headline 'Europe's new realism towards China'. Subscribe