Major Airbus A320 and beef sales cap Macron's China visit

Major Airbus A320 and beef sales cap Macron's China visit

In a joint news conference, Xi said that China and France will tackle global issues such as climate change and terrorism. It's more open than the Chinese market itself.

On Tuesday, Macron offered to open France to Chinese investment in exchange for greater access to China's markets for French companies, Reuters reported.

"Chairman Mao Zedong and General Charles de Gaulle made a historic decision with remarkable political foresight to forge diplomatic ties in 1964", Mr Xi said as the leaders met at the Diaoyutai state guest house in Beijing.

"To greet his Chinese host, Macron gave Xi a horse, named Vesuvius, as a gift".

During an official visit to Beijing, he said that too often in the past, European countries had come to China with some seeking more openness and others wary of granting more access to their markets. "If France can't adapt, it will fall behind", he said.

The country's burgeoning AI industry has also attracted foreign firms. During the visit of the French Head of State, several large deals were signed, the value of which was also not publicly announced.

He took the opportunity to witness the signing of a contract with the Chinese online sales giant who has committed to sell on its platforms for 2 billion euros of French products to Chinese consumers over the next two years, while being ready to set up in France.

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Macron delivered some friendly advice to China during the second day of his trip.

As much as Macron is wooing China, Beijing is also reaching out to Europe through its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative that aims to connect Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa with a vast logistics and transport network.

Beyond beef, French officials said talks were continuing about China's ban on French poultry, imposed in 2015 after an outbreak of bird flu.

U.S. rival Boeing sold 300 jets last November during a visit by President Donald Trump as China splits orders to cope with airline traffic as middle-class aspirations grow.

At the Forbidden City's pavilion of Supreme Harmony, Macron drew a parallel with the 19th Communist Party congress.

A short video Macron posted on social media went viral among Chinese internet users, who were impressed with the French president's efforts to learn a phrase in their language.

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