Ukraine, Macron and Von der Leyen in China by Xi

French President talks with Biden on Beijing’s role at the end of the war

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in China for a three-day official visit during which he will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. A few hours after leaving for Beijing, Macron had a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden.

The note released by the Elysée reads that the two leaders expressed ”the common will to ask China to commit itself to accelerating the end of the war in Ukraine and to participate in the construction of a lasting peace in the region”. The two, the note continues, expressed their willingness to ”obtain from China a contribution to solidarity between North and South” as well as to ”build a common agenda on climate and biodiversity with China”.

The conversation between Biden and Macron was contextualized by the White House in view of the trip of the head of the Elysée to China. The two leaders, reads the note released by Washington, ”also reaffirmed their firm support for Ukraine in the face of continued aggression by Russia”.

Also in China is Ursula von der Leyen who, before her trip, also heard from Volodymyr Zelensky. “I had a telephone conversation with the Ukrainian president before my visit to China – tweeted the president of the EU Commission – Ukraine will be an important topic in my meetings with President Xi and Premier Li. The EU wants a just peace which respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”.

“I am in constant contact with von der Leyen”, tweeted Zelensky, who specified that he had also spoken with the president of the EU Commission about “support for Ukraine” and the “need to prepare the 11 package of sanctions” against the Russia.