China courts Europe capitalizing on EU-US disagreements…

“As Europe struggles to come up with a coherent position on China, President Xi Jinping has a suggestion: just trust Beijing”, BLOOMBERG reports.

Xi sought to lay to rest suspicions about his global plans at talks with European leaders in Paris on Tuesday amid mounting concern over China’s growing influence, predatory investments and possible hacking of 5G data networks.

On Monday, the Chinese delegation announced a $35 billion jet order for Airbus SE, the joint European planemaker, as a sign of goodwill. “We cannot let mutual suspicion get the better of us”‘ Xi said at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macon, Germany’s Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

“We must not always be guarded against each other and worry that they may do something behind our back. That is very important. That is something we need to avoid”.