March 26, 2019
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday acknowledged historic rivalries between the European Union and China as he called on both to strengthen multilateralism.
“We would like to make progress renovating multilateralism. We have divergences, obviously in the history of humanity power does not go without rivalry, none of us are naive,” Macron said after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
“But we respect China and are determined to have dialogue and cooperation,” he added.
(Reporting by Leigh Thomas and Richard Lough; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)