Talks to help define 'new international order'

China | AGENCIES 26 Mar 2019

President Xi Jinping is on a state visit in France where he is expected to sign a series of bilateral and economic deals on energy, the food industry, transport and other sectors.

Xi, who previously visited Italy and Monaco, arrived in France on Sunday evening where he had a private dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron in the resort town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, on the French Riviera.

His visit marks 55 years since French leader Charles de Gaulle established diplomatic relations with Beijing.

Xi will also meet today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of an EU-China summit in Brussels next month..

Macron said the joint talks "would allow us to establish a common definition for a new international order."

Europe wants to increase trade with China but on its terms.

EU Budget Commissioner Gunther Oettinger expressed "concern that in Italy and other European countries, infrastructure of strategic importance like power networks, rapid rail lines or harbors are no longer in European but in Chinese hands."

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned that in a world with giant nations, "we can only survive if we are united as the EU. And if some countries believe that they can do clever business with the Chinese, then they will be surprised when they wake up and find themselves dependent."

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