China's Xi Tells Macron, Merkel, He Hopes To Expand Cooperation With Europe

China's Xi Tells Macron, Merkel, He Hopes To Expand Cooperation With Europe

In a three-way video call, Xi also expressed the hope that Europeans can play a more active role in international affairs, achieve strategic independence and offer a fair, transparent, and unbiased environment for Chinese companies.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

In May, the European Parliament halted ratification of a new investment pact with China until Beijing lifts sanctions on EU politicians, deepening a dispute in Sino-European relations and denying EU companies greater access to China.

Merkel's office confirmed that the three leaders exchanged views on European Union-China relations.

"They also discussed international trade, climate protection, and biodiversity," her office added in a statement.

"The conversation also revolved around cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, global vaccine supply, and international and regional issues."

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