Chinese President Xi Jinping – Photo: GETTY IMAGES
One day before, newspaper South China Morning Post (SCMP) of Hong Kong cited a source as saying that China invited French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
The article was titled “China asks European leaders to meet Mr. Xi in November, but will they accept?”. According to the article, all four European leaders mentioned above have not yet decided whether to accept Beijing’s invitation or not.
The date will likely be right after China’s 20th party congress, which is scheduled to take place in October. SCMP.
Theo SCMPThe leaders of European powers are known to favor dialogue with China on issues such as Ukraine, food security and economic relations. Therefore, it is difficult for them to say “no” to an invitation from China, especially from Mr. Xi.
In September, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to Europe on his way to the United Nations General Assembly in New York (USA). Source of SCMP Wang’s trip “will prepare for the aforementioned high-level visits to China”.