Paris adamant China can significantly influence the war in Ukraine

1 April, 12:30 AM
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Photo:REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Photo:REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

The administration of French President Emmanuel Macron is convinced that China is one of the few countries capable of fundamentally altering the course of Russia's war against Ukraine, CNN reported on March 31, citing Elysée Palace sources.

“It’s obvious that China is one of the few countries on Earth — maybe the only country in the world — to have a ‘game-changer’ effect on the conflict, for both sides,” the source said.

Macron's upcoming visit to China will be a chance for France and China to meet at the highest level after three years of the Covid pandemic, the report adds.

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Macron will arrive in Beijing on April 5, and will also visit the southern city of Guangzhou, before departing on April 8.

The source adds that during his planned meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Qiang, the French leader will seek to "find a space so that we can try initiatives that are useful to the Ukrainian people and then to find a way to identify solutions to end this war in the medium term."

On March 30, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said that Macron will try to convince Beijing to refrain from throwing its weight behind Putin’s aggression in Europe.

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