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France seeking 'clear message' from China to Russia over Ukraine war

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France's Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Stephane Sejourne (left) and China's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi hold shake hands during a press conference after their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing, China on Monday (1/4/2024). (Photo: AFP/Ken Ishii)


VOInews, Beijing: France's top diplomat said Monday (1/4/2024) that Paris expects China to send "clear messages" to its close partner Russia over its war in Ukraine, after meetings with his counterpart in Beijing. France and China have sought to strengthen ties in recent years and, during meetings in Paris in February, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told President Emmanuel Macron that Beijing appreciated his country's "independent" stance. But Paris has also sought to press Beijing on its close ties with Moscow, which have only grown closer since the invasion of Ukraine.