French President Emmanuel Macron Visit to China

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French President Emmanuel Macron Visit to China

French President Emmanuel Macron hopes to visit China early next year. Macron will visit China early next year if the new crown epidemic restrictions allow it, the office of the French president has confirmed. There has been no relevant news from China.

French President Emmanuel Macron Visit to China
French President Macron attends the G20 Group Summit in Bali, Indonesia on November 16, 2022. (Reuters)

Earlier, Macron said that he talked about his idea of visiting China early next year when he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.

Macron told the media after the G20 summit on Wednesday (November 16, 2022), "I am sure that China can help us play a more important mediation role in the next few months to prevent (Ukraine) from becoming more violent.

Earlier this month, German Chancellor Scholz made a controversial visit to China. He is the first leader of a major Western power to visit China in the three years since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Reuters once reported that French and German officials said that French President Macron had suggested to Scholz to visit Beijing together to show that EU member states are united in their China policy and to counter China's attempt to sow discord, but Scholz Ci rejected Macron's proposal. Scholz's office has not commented publicly on the claim.

Scholz Said That Germany 

Does not want to decouple from ChinaBut it will not be overly dependent on China. Earlier, Thierry Breton, executive member of the European Union's internal market, said that governments and companies in European countries must realize that China is a competitor of the European Union, and not be too naive when approving Chinese investment projects, and at the same time coordinate their efforts to deal with China. policy.

In response to Scholz's trip to China, Breton said that EU countries should take more united actions, "It is very important that the behavior of member states towards China should develop in a more coordinated way, rather than individual actions. China is very Clearly expecting us to act alone."

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North Korea Fires Another Missile, Warns U.S. 

'Regrets' Strengthening Regional Military Presence North Korea on Thursday (November 17, 2022) threatened to make a "stronger military response" to US efforts to strengthen its military presence in the region. Hours later, Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile into the sea off the eastern coast.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that it had detected a North Korean missile launch, but did not immediately provide information on the range or target.

Earlier in the day, North Korean foreign minister Choe Son Hui, known for her tough words, slammed the agreement reached by the leaders of the United States, South Korea, and Japan on North Korea, warning that "the more the United States wants to strengthen its extended deterrence against its allies, ( North Korea's) military countermeasures will be more severe, and the countermeasures will be directly proportional to the intensity, posing a more serious, real and inevitable threat to the United States and its naval power."

She said: 

"America knows it's taking a gamble and will certainly regret it," 

U.S. President Joe Biden, South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yue, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit Plus meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, last Sunday. The joint statement issued after the meeting stated that the leaders of the three countries strongly condemned North Korea’s recent missile test and agreed to work together to strengthen deterrence; Biden reiterated that the United States is committed to using a wide range of military capabilities, including nuclear weapons, to protect South Korea and Japan.

North Korea has conducted dozens of missile tests since the beginning of the year. The United States and South Korea say Pyongyang is preparing to conduct its first nuclear test since 2017.

A joint statement by the leaders of the U.S., Japan, and South Korea said Pyongyang would provoke a "strong and firm response" if it carried out a nuclear weapons test.

U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yue met with Chinese President Xi Jinping separately as they left Phnom Penh for the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, and both urged China to play a greater role in reining in North Korea's provocative actions.

Yin Xiyue told Xi Jinping at the meeting, "I hope that China, as a member of the UN Security Council and a neighboring country, can play a more active and constructive role."

White House national security aide Sullivan said ahead of the meeting that Biden will tell Xi that if North Korea's missile and nuclear buildup "continues down this path, it will only mean that the U.S. military and security presence in the region will be compromised." strengthened further."

Beijing has declared that peace and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula are in the interests of all parties, but there are no signs that it is effectively restraining Pyongyang's increasingly flagrant provocations that violate United Nations Security Council resolutions. Instead, China blocked a recent Security Council resolution condemning North Korea's illegal missile tests.

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