Sébastien Le Belzic, edited by Alexandre Dalifard
08:17, April 05, 2023
This Wednesday, Emmanuel Macron is visiting Beijing, the first of the French president in China for three years. If Xi Jinping does not intend to review his support for Vladimir Putin, he wants to revive economic and trade relations with France after three years of pandemic and closure of Chinese borders.
Emmanuel Macron is on his way to Beijing, the French president’s first visit to China in three years. A long-awaited visit on the Chinese side where we hope to convince France of the validity of the Chinese position concerning the war in Ukraine but also to revive economic relations with France and more broadly with Europe. 53 big French bosses are part of the delegation that accompanies Emmanuel Macron in China. Large contracts must be signed on Thursday in energy, aeronautics and sustainable development.
Strengthen relations with France and the European Union
If China rolls out the red carpet to Emmanuel Macron, it is less to talk with him about Ukraine since Xi Jinping does not intend to review his support for Vladimir Putin. This visit is only to revive economic and trade relations with France after three years of pandemic and Chinese border closures. “I think that the fact that companies are joining the visit is a sign that the objective of is not limited to other agendas, but that it is also about economic and trade cooperation,” Li said. Yong, an analyst at Chinese think tank D&C.
While tensions are building up with the United States, China hopes to strengthen its relations with France and beyond with the European Union, which remains its first trading partner. For Paris, the challenge is rather to ease a trade deficit that has become abysmal. The new French record is set at 55 billion euros for 2022.