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Paris – Trade disagreements marked the beginning of a two-day state visit to France by Xi Jinping on Monday, which swept aside European concerns over the firm stance taken by Emmanuel Macron and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.

The French president explained that he wanted to address “in all friendship and trust” the “concerns, to try to overcome them,” calling for “fair” trade rules.

The European Union “will not hesitate to make firm decisions” to “protect its economy and security,” highlighted Ursula Von der Leyen, who was present to display a united continental front on trade issues. She had previously warned that Europe could “not accept” the “unfair trade” caused by the influx of Chinese electric vehicles or steel manufactured with “massive subsidies”.

“The so-called +China’s overcapacity problem+ does not exist,” Xi Jinping replied. (06.05.2024)