France asks China to convey ‘clear message’ to ally Russia over Ukraine war


New Delhi: Paris expects China to send a “clear message” to its close partner Russia on the war in Ukraine, France's top diplomat said on Monday after meeting with his counterpart in Beijing.
A top French diplomat said on Monday that Paris is hoping China will send a “clear message” to its close ally Russia, which has been at war with Ukraine since 2022.
The statement came after his meeting with his Beijing counterpart.
France and China are working to strengthen their ties, with Foreign Minister Wang Yi praising President Macron for France's “independent” stance during their recent meetings in Paris.
However, concerns have arisen over China's close ties with Moscow, especially after the attack on Ukraine. While China claims neutrality in the conflict, it has come under criticism for its failure to condemn Moscow's actions.
Paris, by contrast, has strongly backed Kiev, with Macron even considering deploying troops. Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourn Emphasized the need for China to clearly address Russia's actions in Ukraine. These developments highlight the complex diplomatic dynamics playing out between these major global powers.
“We are convinced that there will be no lasting peace if negotiations are not held with the Ukrainians,” he told a news conference in Beijing alongside his Chinese counterpart Wang.
He further said, “There will be no security for the European people if there is no peace in accordance with international law.”
“This is an essential issue for us, which is why France is committed to maintaining close dialogue with China,” he said.
And Beijing can play an “important role” in ensuring respect for international law is maintained, he said.
French Foreign Minister Séjourn's visit to China is the second visit by a French foreign minister in less than six months, following Catherine Colonna's visit in November.
French President Macron's visit in April was warmly welcomed by Chinese students and admirers, although he faced criticism for his stance on Europe's relations with China compared to the United States.
Séjourn's visit coincides with the 60th anniversary of France-China diplomatic relations. As part of the commemorative events, he will take part in the opening of the exhibition “Versailles and the Forbidden City”, in which sixty artefacts and valuables from the palace will be displayed to the public until the end of June.

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