China’s Xi Jinping ready to ‘break new ground’ for France after Emmanuel Macron inks big defence deals with India

Beijing (TIP): Chinese President Xi Jinping has offered to “break new ground” to give a fillip to the ChinaFrance ties, days after French President Emmanuel Macron’s high-profile visit to India during which the two countries unveiled an ambitious defence roadmap besides intensifying cooperation in the strategic Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific region.
Macron’s visit to India also coincided with the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and France. In his message on the occasion, Xi said, “As today’s world is once again at a critical crossroads, China and France should jointly open up a path of peace, security, prosperity and progress for human development.”
Xi said China attaches great importance to the development of bilateral ties and he stands ready to work with Macron to take the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations as an “opportunity to uphold fundamental principles, break new ground, build on past achievements, open up a new future, and make China-France comprehensive strategic partnership more solid and dynamic,” the official media reported.
China has offered to step up French imports to the country, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
“We will continue to unleash consumer and investment market demand, continue to expand the import of high-quality products and services from France,” he said and hoped that France, too, would provide Chinese companies with a fair, just and predictable business environment. China is prioritising ties with France as Macron is pushing Europe to become a third bloc, a balancing force between the US and China. Hailing China-France ties, Chinese official media has called for stepping up cooperation in high-tech areas.
“Scientific and technological cooperation between France and China has been a cornerstone of their relationship. From aerospace and the nuclear industry to renewable energy, the two countries have made significant strides in joint research and development”, state-run China Daily said in its editorial. (PTI)

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