China Pledges Closer Ties with France amid EU Tensions

China has pledged closer ties with France and agreed on deeper bilateral cooperation, which comes amid a time of strained China-European Union tensions.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron reached a consensus on six cooperation agreements — in sectors including in sectors including agriculture, green manufacturing, and investment — during phone talks on Wednesday.

In their talks, Xi said that China is ready to work with France, the current presidency of the EU, to advance the ratification of the China-EU investment agreement, Chinese media reported.

“The two sides should work together to build the greatest common ground and steer China-EU relations towards new development,” Xi said, quoted by Xinhua.

Macron, on the other hand, noted that he hopes France could deepen its partnership with China in a bid to ease current geopolitical tensions.

The talks came amid strained relations between China and the EU, with the latest tensions stemming from Beijing’s dispute with EU member Lithuania’s warm relations with Taiwan. Analysts noted that the talks signal Beijing’s hope that Paris would help improve its ties with the region.

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