France called on China to influence Russia to end the conflict in Ukraine

China, which presents itself as a neutral party, but whose relationship with Russia has deepened since the beginning of the conflict, advocates a political solution to end the conflict in Ukraine.

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Stefan Sežurne, Photo: Reuters
Stefan Sežurne, Photo: Reuters
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French Foreign Minister Stéphane Sejourne today called on China to send a "very clear message to Russia" about the war in Ukraine and stressed that Paris should maintain strong economic relations with Beijing.

"We expect China to send very clear messages to Russia. It is obvious that China plays a key role in independence, respect for international law, including the sovereignty of Ukraine," Sejourne said in Beijing at a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

China, which presents itself as a neutral party, but whose relationship with Russia has deepened since the beginning of the conflict, advocates a political solution to end the conflict in Ukraine.

Sežurne said that this war concerns the entire international community.

"We are convinced that there will be no lasting peace if this is not negotiated with the Ukrainians. There will be no security for Europeans if there is no peace in accordance with international law. For us, this is an essential issue, which is why France is determined to maintain a close dialogue with China ", said Sežurne.

During his visit to China, the French minister will participate in the opening of the exhibition "Versailles and the Forbidden City", in the Forbidden City in Beijing, where about 60 works of art and precious objects from the Palace of Versailles will be exhibited.

"This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France, as well as the year of cultural tourism between the two countries," French diplomacy announced last Sunday.

It is the second time in less than six months that the French foreign minister has visited China. In November, the head of French diplomacy at the time, Catherine Colonna, visited Beijing.

French President Emmanuel Macron visited China in April 2023.

In 1964, France, under the leadership of General Charles de Gaulle, was the first major Western country to establish diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level with China.

The then bold decision is regularly cited by Chinese officials as an example of independent diplomacy, and this was repeated by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his visit to Paris in February.

"China appreciates France's commitment to independence and autonomy" of its policy, Wang Yi told Emmanuel Macron.

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