French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have spoken by telephone five times this year. Photo: AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have spoken by telephone five times this year. Photo: AFP

China’s Xi Jinping is phoning EU friends rather than Donald Trump – but delicate conversations loom

  • Investment agreement, 5G and Hong Kong among the sensitive topics ahead of EU-China dialogue
  • Beijing’s wish for closer ties to Europe facing test as overtures meet with growing scepticism

French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have spoken by telephone five times this year. Photo: AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have spoken by telephone five times this year. Photo: AFP
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