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Macron calls for Europe-China alliance
    2018-January-9  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron urged Europe yesterday to take part in China’s Silk Road revival plan as he began a state visit to China.

Macron also called on Europe and China to team up on curbing climate change, in the face of U.S. plans to withdraw from the Paris accord.

“Our destinies are linked,” he said in a keynote speech on the future of Sino-French relations during a visit to the northern city of Xi’an, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.

“The future needs France, Europe and China,” Macron said, adding he would travel to China “at least once a year.”

Macron began his three-day visit in Xi’an as a gesture to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s New Silk Road project, an initiative to connect Asia and Europe by road, rail and sea.

The initiative, better known as the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative, will see gleaming new road and rail networks built through Central Asia and beyond, and new maritime routes stretching through the Indian Ocean and Red Sea.

Macron heartily endorsed the initiative. “It represents a real opportunity to create bridges, through exchange, between countries and civilizations, just as the ancient silk routes once did,” he said.

“I think it’s very important that Europe and China strengthen their collaboration on the initiative. France is ready to play a leading role in this.”

Macron’s first official visit to Asia marks a new stage for his diplomacy, which has so far been concentrated on Europe and Africa.

He praised China for committing to the Paris accord after U.S. President Donald Trump notified that America would pull out of the pact.

“China kept its word,” he said. “You demonstrate your immense sense of responsibility.”

Cooperation will “show the world that the French and Chinese are capable of making our planet great and beautiful again,” he said in Chinese.

According to a China Daily report, President Xi Jinping met with Macron at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing yesterday afternoon.

Macron arrived at Beijing International Airport yesterday afternoon after wrapping up his trip to Xi’an, where he visited the well-known Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum.

Macron will also tour the Palace Museum in Beijing.

(SD-Agencies)

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