Macron: Paris and Beijing should look for answers to global challenges together

France and China, permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, have a "responsibility to contribute to the resolution of international crises, especially those with flagrant violations of the principles on which international law is based," Macron said.

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Macron, Photo: Reuters
Macron, Photo: Reuters
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Sixty years after the establishment of diplomatic relations, France and China "should increasingly look for new opportunities for partnership" that "contributes to international peace and stability", French President Emmanuel Macron said today.

"On January 27, 1964, General de Gaulle took the historic decision to establish diplomatic relations with China..." Macron said in a video posted on social media.

According to him, "obviousness and reason" call for the two countries to jointly seek answers to global challenges. Macron cited climate change, loss of biodiversity, food security and economic development as examples.

With his video message, the French president responded to the video message released on Friday by his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

France and China, permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, have a "responsibility to contribute to the resolution of international crises, especially those with flagrant violations of the principles on which international law is based," Macron said, alluding to two major conflicts in the world - Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the war between Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas in Gaza.

Macron paid an official visit to China in April 2023.

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