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Macron Visits China for Greater Access to Chinese Markets

BEIJING – According to Chinese officials, French President Emmanuel Macron arrives Monday in China for a giant import show, where he is expected to receive the “friendliest and warmest welcome.”
On his visit, he plans to lobby for greater access to Chinese markets on behalf of European companies. In a sign of European unity on the subject, Macron is accompanied by German Education Minister Anja Karliczek and EU Commercial Commissioner Phil Hogan.
“Since this fair is supposed to show the openness of China, well, let’s prove it with access to its agribusiness market and progress on EU-China deals,” a French presidential advisor said ahead of the trip.
The advisor said it’s important to show solidarity “because we know how Europeans in the past have moved to China without any cooperation, making China feel we’ve been split.”
The trip comes as the US trade war with China is taking its toll on European industry.
Yet analysts say the trade war has provided additional impetus to improving European trade relations with China as well.
Last week, in a sign of Europe’s growing importance to Beijing, China appointed its first special envoy for European affairs. Between 2009 to 2012, Wu Hongbo, who will take over the post, served as China’s ambassador to Germany.
“China and Europe have developed a multidimensional, multi-faceted and broad-based relationship as two major forces in the world,” said Geng Shuang, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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