Angela Merkel will join Emmanuel Macron (right) and Jean-Claude Juncker for a meeting with Xi Jinping in Paris on Tuesday. Photo: AP

France’s Emmanuel Macron asks Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker to join meeting with Xi Jinping in Paris

  • Surprise move comes as the European Union’s new, more assertive China policy is being debated in Brussels amid pressure from Paris and Berlin
  • French leader plans to explain Europe’s new strategy on China, with focus on trade and the environment
Topic |   China-EU relations

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Angela Merkel will join Emmanuel Macron (right) and Jean-Claude Juncker for a meeting with Xi Jinping in Paris on Tuesday. Photo: AP
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Chinese President Xi Jinping began his six-day visit to Europe in Rome on Thursday. Photo: AFP

China’s Xi Jinping rolls out the big guns for his European ‘belt and road’ show

  • President’s team selection suggests he plans to put his infrastructure development programme front and centre during six-day trip to Italy, Monaco and France
  • Top diplomats will look to secure Rome’s support for plan, but things may not go so smoothly in Paris
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Chinese President Xi Jinping began his six-day visit to Europe in Rome on Thursday. Photo: AFP
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