French and Chinese leaders discuss bilateral and global issues

China – Telephone conversation between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr Xi Jinping, President of China – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 16 February 2022

The French President spoke on the telephone today to the President of China, Xi Jinping.

During this first conversation of the year, the two presidents decided on the priorities of the bilateral relationship, chief among them the implementation of the action plan agreed during President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to China in November 2019. In the framework of the Franco-Chinese global strategic partnership, our country’s authorities will redouble their efforts to support projects in the aerospace, civil nuclear and space sectors.

In line with the lifting of the beef embargo in 2018, the Euro-Chinese agreement on the protection of 200 geographical indications reached in 2019, and the pork zoning agreement signed in 2021, President Macron continued to champion access for the French agricultural industry to the Chinese market.

The French President also drew President Xi’s attention to the importance of people-to-people exchanges in the Franco-Chinese relationship and the impact of health measures taken by China on the French and Chinese communities. A gradual resumption of flights would also help new joint projects take shape.

In the context of the [French] presidency of the Council of the European Union, President Macron argued in favour of close dialogue between the European Union and China in order to address all issues, both common objectives and points of divergence, and move towards a rebalancing of the Euro-Chinese relationship towards greater reciprocity. He encouraged China to lift the sanctions imposed on Lithuania and deal with Chinese demands through dialogue.

The two heads of State agreed to continue their joint actions on the fight against climate change, the preservation of biodiversity, global health and the treatment of the most vulnerable countries’ debt. Following the summit on the oceans, support was expected from China for the creation of marine protected areas in Antarctica, negotiations on a treaty on biodiversity on the high seas, and the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People.

The Head of State recalled France’s and Europe’s expectations regarding the ratification of the International Labour Organization’s fundamental conventions, in particular on forced labour, and shared his concern about the situation in Xinjiang.

The heads of State discussed Iran. They agreed to continue and step up their joint efforts to achieve an agreement in Vienna and ensure Iran fully abides by its nuclear obligations.

Regarding the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the presidents spoke about the need to continue efforts to reduce tensions and resolve the crisis through dialogue. The French President reiterated the importance of respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Chinese President commended France and Germany’s action in the framework of the Normandy format and reiterated his full support to the implementation of the Minsk agreements./.

Published on 17/02/2022

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