Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron after their meeting in Paris on Monday. Photo: EPA-EFE

China, France sign US$45 billion of deals including Airbus order

  • French President Emmanuel Macron calls for a ‘strong Europe-China partnership’ despite his criticism of Italy endorsing the belt and road scheme
  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping describes bilateral ties as ‘sound and stable’
Topic |   China-EU relations

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Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron after their meeting in Paris on Monday. Photo: EPA-EFE
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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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