[00:00.00]Observers say French President Emmanuel Macron communicated two important messages during his recent visit to China.
[00:12.62]One was about the huge possibilities cooperation between China and Europe could bring and Macron’s support of that effort.
[00:25.74]The other was a warning not to underestimate European concern about China’s possibly unfair trade practices.
[00:38.25]These include Chinese restrictions on investment in many businesses and industries.
[00:46.18]Matheiu Duchatel is deputy director of the Asia and China Program at the European Council of Foreign Relations.
[00:58.05]He said that Macron’s visit will influence actions not only in France, but in other countries also.
[01:08.78]“He wants to present himself as a leader” of the European Union (EU),” Duchatel said.
[01:17.06]“But at the same time, I think he wants to send a signal that Europe and the EU are in better shape than many think in China,” he noted.
[01:29.82]Duchatel said that Europe, the United States and Australia are all expressing growing concern about China’s trade practices.
[01:43.01]“Many (people) are coming to terms with the reality that China is no longer the factory of the world,” he added.
[01:53.02]“But it is clearly a country that has very strong ambitions in terms of economic leadership for the world and it is not a market economy.”
[02:07.32]Macron presented Chinese leader Xi Jinping with a gift of an 8-year old horse named Vesuvius.
[02:19.24]He promised to visit China at least once every year while he serves as France’s president.
[02:28.68]He also said that he is ready to work to “get the Europe-China relationship into the 21st Century.”
[02:39.10]The two sides signed major trade deals during the visit.
[02:45.10]China’s president said the two countries will deepen their “strategic cooperation.”
[02:53.49]During his first stop in Xi’an, Macron expressed French support for China’s huge trade and commerce project, the “Belt and Road” initiative.
[03:07.88]Xi’an was once the starting point of the Silk Road, the name for roads and transportation links used by traders many centuries ago.
[03:21.32]In a speech, Macron noted that the ancient Silk Roads were never only Chinese.
[03:29.49]“By definition these roads can only be shared,” he told a meeting of business people, students and professors.
[03:39.69]“If they are roads, they cannot be one-way.”
[03:44.38]On Tuesday, Macron met with Alibaba founder Jack Ma and officials of other Chinese and French companies.
[03:56.21]In a speech, the president talked about the possibilities cooperation could bring.
[04:03.89]But he warned about the threat of protectionism if changes were not made.
[04:11.14]I’m Caty Weaver.