“Strengthening China-France Relations: A Look at Xi Jinping’s Offer Post-Macron’s India Visit”

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has proposed enhancing China-France relations following French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent visit to India, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of China-France diplomatic ties. Xi emphasized the importance of bilateral relations, expressing readiness to collaborate with Macron to strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership. China intends to increase imports from France and seeks a fair business environment for Chinese companies. Macron’s visit underscored France’s growing defense partnership with India, including joint initiatives in the Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific region, drawing attention from China, which views France’s role as significant in the Indo-Pacific. The joint statement issued after Macron’s visit highlighted defense cooperation and surveillance missions in the Indian Ocean, raising concerns for China. The broader context includes discussions among global powers, including the US and India, on maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific amid China’s expanding military presence in the region.

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