French President Emmanuel Macron (left) meets Chinese President Xi Jinping at an event in Beijing in 2019 – Photo: SCMP
According to sources of SCMPXi’s invitation was sent to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.
The date is likely to be shortly after China’s 20th party congress, scheduled for October this year.
The event could take place around the same time as the G20 leaders’ summit in Bali in November.
Observers say this could mark the return to China of Western European leaders, after nearly three years of the pandemic hindering diplomatic activities in China.
Next September, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to Europe when on his way to the United Nations General Assembly in New York (USA) that month. Information resource SCMP Wang’s trip “will prepare for high-level visits to China”.
Theo SCMP, China had an online summit with leaders of the European Union (EU) in April.
European Commission Vice President Josep Borrell said China ignored calls from Brussels to help stop Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine.
In this regard, the veteran EU diplomat said: “Dialogue with China on Ukraine is essential and the number one priority in Europe. Food security (will be on the agenda) ) China is a great agricultural power”.
The governments of France, Italy, Spain and even China declined to respond to .’s request for comment SCMP about the above information.
“Please understand that we always announce the chancellor’s trips at the appropriate time, usually a week in advance,” a spokesman for the German chancellor said when asked about the invitation.
Diplomats believe that Beijing is concerned by growing hostility towards China in the European Parliament. The agency has passed a series of resolutions recently, critical of China’s policies in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.