French President Emmanuel Macron today asked China’s president, “to respect the unity of the European Union”, implying that Beijing is suspected of using its investment policy to divide the countries of Europe.
“We have differences. None of us is naive, ” said Macron in a statement to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is making an official visit to Paris. “But we respect China and naturally expect our great partners to respect that European unity as well as its values.”
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reiterated his call for increased access for European businesses to China’s internal market.
Speaking of reciprocity between the EU and China, Jean-Claude Juncker said that “European companies should be able to have the same degree of access to the Chinese market, as Chinese enterprises in Europe.”
Chinese President, in turn, gave the assurance that Europe and China “go together”, despite the fact that sometimes there is “competition” and called their relationship “not governed by suspicion.”
“Of course, there are signs of disagreement, competition, but it is a positive competition. We move together. We must not let suspicion move us to look always backward,” Si said after completing his meeting with Emmanuel Macron, Merkel and Juncker.