President urges greater reciprocity between EU and China on market access

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, 26 October 2021

President Macron spoke to Mr Xi Jinping, President of China, on 26 October.

In the run-up to France’s European Union Council presidency, the Head of State called for the relationship between Europe and China to continue to be rebalanced towards greater reciprocity, when it comes to market access in particular. He also urged China to adopt a constructive approach by lifting the coercive measures taken against European Union Member States and representatives of European institutions and the European Parliament, and by honouring the commitments made on ratifying the International Labour Organization conventions and the fight against forced labour.

The two heads of State agreed to maintain close contact to make progress as swiftly as possible on the projects under way in the strategic sectors. President Macron highlighted the excellent trade in the agrifood sector and France’s expectations about pig zoning [in response to African swine fever], the granting of new approvals and, more generally, the opening-up of the Chinese market.

The Head of State welcomed the initial discussions on biodiversity protection in the COP15 framework, under China’s presidency, and urged China to support ambitious initiatives such as the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, the Alliance for the Conservation of Rainforests and the Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica.

With just a few days to go until the G20 summit in Rome and the Climate COP26 in Glasgow, President Macron encouraged China to publish its Nationally Determined Contribution and send a decisive signal by raising its level of ambition and making concrete progress on the coal phase-out. The two heads of State also agreed to maintain a close dialogue on the fight against the pandemic, following on from the joint support for ACT-A, and on the objective of international solidarity towards economically vulnerable countries. The actual implementation of the Common Framework for debt, agreed at the G20, and the reallocation of 20% of special drawing rights in order collectively to reach a target of $100 billion were set as priorities.

The two heads of State discussed the situation in Afghanistan. President Macron attached importance to the demands made of the Taliban as regards fighting terrorism and respecting women’s rights in particular.

President Macron highlighted the need for Iran to end the activities it is pursuing in breach of the JCPOA and immediately resume full cooperation with the IAEA./.

Published on 28/10/2021

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