In China, Macron offers a horse, and a vision to counter Trump

  • In China, Macron offers a horse, and a vision to counter Trump

In China, Macron offers a horse, and a vision to counter Trump

Macron, travelling with a French business delegation, wants to secure deals during his visit that Paris hopes will give France the same access to Chinese markets as its companies receive overseas.

But despite bringing with him some of the heaviest hitters in French business, finance and industry - including senior executives from Airbus, BNP Paribas, AccorHotels, EDF and LVMH - there were no immediate announcements of mega-deals.

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For China, France's pivot to closer ties could be beneficial for its overall standing in Europe: A "divide and conquer" strategy will help diversify its power, as sentiment toward the East Asian giant turns sour in Germany, Garcia-Herrero added. Accompanied by 50 business leaders, he has sought to recalibrate bilateral relations and narrow a gaping trade deficit.

The French politician's first official visit to China is notable for coming as other leaders of the Western world struggle domestically. The French stance underscores a growing unease in parts of the EU at the one-sided nature of Chinese trade and the potential for China and other countries to pick off strategic European technologies.

The EU hopes negotiations on an investment pact with China will reach a "decisive stage" this year, the bloc's ambassador to China said separately, calling on Beijing to honour a pledge to open its economy to the world.

As China will host the Winter Olympic Games in 2022 and Paris will host the 2024 Summer Games, Xi said the two countries should reinforce exchanges and cooperation in areas including tourism and youth. As well as aerospace, the agrifood sector is seen as key. Safran SA signed a $2.9-billion deal to provide engines to Spring Airlines, according to a statement from the French president's office. "We count on President Macron to firmly remind the Chinese of France's commitment to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to press for the release of prominent detainees such as Liu Xia and Huang Qi". "He is nine years old and first came to the calvary regiment at the age of three", said a French Republican Guard.

Alice Ekman of the Paris-based IFRI think-tank said: "For the moment, considering how extensive and unclear the Chinese project continues to be, several European countries including France have shown caution about it".

Ninety percent of China's beef imports come now from Brazil, Uruguay, Australia and New Zealand.