China, France promise cooperation on climate, security

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At a news conference, Macron said Wednesday that President Xi Jinping told him Beijing "will preserve parity" in the Chinese market share between Airbus and its US rival, Boeing. However, Airbus has offered China a production role for the first time in an attempt to attract new orders.

Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Bregier said that the current build rate at the Tianjin construction plant will increase from four planes a month.

"Excellent news for France's beef producers, who consider the potential of the Chinese market a strategic opportunity", said France's producers' association Interbev.

Macron and Xi met in Beijing on Monday, and more talks are expected Tuesday.

"The French foreign minister's November visit to China seemed to ignore human rights, giving an impression of insincerity and inconsistency on rights issues", Jeannerod said. China also pledged to maintain rough order parity between Airbus and Boeing.

The French president, who won the election previous year in a landslide victory against National Front candidate Marine Le Pen, said France is in a position to assist China expand its network to Africa.

That shift comes as China is now producing more of its own machinery and automobiles instead of importing them from countries like Germany - and it's now even competing with the European powerhouse in third markets, she said.


JD.com agreed to sell 2 billion euros worth of French products - such as Remy Martin cognac or Evian water - on its website over the next two years.

During his first state visit to China this week, French President Emmanuel Macron brought with him two key messages, analysts said.

The French leader downplayed the lack of other big deals during his visit, saying other countries had trumpeted big figures in the past that masked more modest realities.

In a keynote speech on Monday, Macron urged the European Union to participate in Xi's cherished US$1 trillion Silk Road trade infrastructure project despite misgivings, though he warned that the initiative should not create a "new hegemony".

United States and European firms also complain about being forced to hand over intellectual property secrets in order to gain market access.

The French president's visit was nevertheless marked with some contracts.

Accompanied by students from the French worldwide school, Mr Macron and his wife Brigitte walked through the imperial palaces of the Forbidden City.

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