French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will arrive in China on Wednesday for a three-day state visit where they will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, Al Jazeera reported.
Macron and US President Joe Biden agreed in a phone call ahead of the French leader’s trip to involve China in speeding up the end of the war in Ukraine, the Elysee Palace said on Wednesday.
“The two leaders mentioned their shared willingness to engage China to speed up the end of the war in Ukraine and participate in building sustainable peace in the region,” Macron’s office said in a statement.
Macron is determined to carve out a special role for Europe that avoids a US confrontation with an assertive China, and believes China has a place in ending the war in Ukraine.
Macron will be accompanied by a delegation of more than 50 CEOs and will meet the French business community, but all eyes will be on how he and von der Leyen discuss the war in Ukraine with the Chinese leadership, Al Jazeera reported.
“The two leaders have mentioned their joint willingness to engage China to accelerate the end of the war in Ukraine and take part in building sustainable peace in the region,” Macron’s office said in a statement.