Xi Jinping and Angela Merkel at the Paris meeting. Photo: EPA-EFE

EU leaders hold out olive branch to Chinese ‘rival’ by saying they want active role in ‘Belt and Road Initiative’

  • Angela Merkel says Europe is still keen to participate in infrastructure scheme that US dubbed a ‘vanity project’
  • EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker seeks to reassure Chinese leader Xi Jinping that view of China as ‘strategic rival’ is a compliment
Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative

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Xi Jinping and Angela Merkel at the Paris meeting. Photo: EPA-EFE
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French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, as they arrive for a dinner at the Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, near Nice, France, on Sunday. Photo: EPA-EFE

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets French President Emmanuel Macron after a stop in Monaco

  • Exceptional security deployed during Xi’s visits to Monaco and France
  • Xi’s official visit to Paris starting on Monday will mark 55 years since Charles de Gaulle established diplomatic relations with Beijing
Topic |   Xi Jinping

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French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, as they arrive for a dinner at the Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, near Nice, France, on Sunday. Photo: EPA-EFE
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