China’s President To Address Russia Concerns During European Visit

As Chinese President Xi Jinping embarks on his first European tour in five years, concerns over China’s support for Russia’s wartime economy amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine are expected to be a key focus.

Xi’s visit to France Serbia and Hungary comes at a time when the European Union is grappling with internal divisions over trade relations with Beijing and the bloc’s positioning between the United States and China.

A Macron aide said the French leader would add his voice to calls from Washington Brussels Berlin and elsewhere for China to stop exports to Russia of “dual-use” and other technologies propping up Russia’s war effort.

Xi’s choice of Serbia and Hungary, both pro-Russia and large recipients of Chinese investment, is seen as an attempt to deepen divisions within the EU.

Chinese analysts suggest that Xi could use his stopover in Belgrade, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of NATO’s bombing of the Chinese embassy there, to play up China’s anti-NATO agenda.

China has amplified Russian efforts to blame the U.S. and NATO for escalating the Ukraine war by supplying arms to Kyiv.

“Xi’s goal would be neutralising the EU’s economic security agenda, including its tariff threats, by exploiting internal differences,” said Mathieu Duchatel, senior fellow at the Institut Montaigne.

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