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President of France Emmanuel Macron welcomes President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping at the Elysee Palace, Paris - 6 May 2024
Marc JULIENNE, cited by Henry Samuel and Nicola Smith for The Telegraph

Macron accused of rolling out red carpet for ‘dictator’ Xi

French president criticised over ‘obsequious’ welcome for Chinese leader who is ‘supporting Putin’s war in Ukraine’

Emmanuel Macron was accused of rolling out the red carpet to a “dictator” who is financially and diplomatically supporting Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine as Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, kicked off a two-day visit to France.

The French president, joined by Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission chief, met Xi Jinping for talks at the Elysée Palace on Monday amid a looming trade war between Europe and China centred on electric cars and Cognac.


In an article printed by Le Figaro on Sunday, Mr Xi said that “China did not start the Ukraine crisis, nor is it party to or a participant in it”.

He added: “China hopes that peace and stability will return to Europe at an early date. We stand ready to work with France and the whole international community to find a reasonable way out of the crisis.”

Marc Julienne, director of the Asia Centre at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), said: “The message sent by Xi is clear: opposition to Nato, a struggle for influence with the Americans in Europe and support for illiberal regimes.”



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Emmanuel Macron Sino-European Relations Sino-French Relations Xi Jinping China European Union France