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In Phone Call With Macron, Xi Pursues Trilateral Development Cooperation in Africa

File image of French President Emmanuel Macron shaking hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 6, 2019. NICOLAS ASFOURI / POOL / AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday that the European Union should pursue greater autonomy (presumably from the U.S.) in its foreign policy.

The two leaders also discussed the upcoming COP26 climate summit in Scotland and even though President Xi will not attend in person, President Macron nonetheless asked the Chinese president to convey “a decisive signal” that Beijing is committed to reducing its emissions.

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