Xi, Macron hold talks in Paris, calling for upholding independence

May 7, 2024

Xi, Macron hold talks in Paris, calling for upholding independence

On May 6, Chinese President Xi Jinping holds talk with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Xi indicates that “China and France should uphold mutual benefits, jointly oppose acts of “decoupling” and disrupting industrial and supply chains, and say no together to building barriers.”

“China and France should uphold independence and jointly fend off a “new Cold War” or bloc confrontation, Xi said.

Earlier on the same day, Xi attended a China-France-EU trilateral meeting with President Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at Elysee Palace in Paris.

In a signed article published Sunday in French media Le Figaro, Xi said we live in a world that is far from being tranquil and is once again facing a multitude of risks. China is ready to work with France in the spirit that guided the establishment of our diplomatic ties to forge a stronger comprehensive strategic partnership between our two countries and make new contributions to stronger cooperation of the global community.


Nearly 300m domestic tourist trips taken during May Day holidays

China saw a surge in domestic tourist trips during the five-day May Day holidays, which spanned from May 1 to 5, with nearly 300 million trips taken within the country.

According to data from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, there were 295 million domestic trips reported during the May Day holidays, up 7.6 percent year-on-year and 28.2 percent higher than 2019.

Domestic tourism spending also saw a significant increase, reaching 166.89 billion yuan (23.51 billion USD), a 12.7 percent year-on-year rise and a 13.5 percent increase from 2019.

According to Chinese state media Global Times, the growth rate in tourism trips and spending during the May Day holidays surpassed that of other major holidays such as the Qingming Festival and the Spring Festival, indicating a strong recovery in tourism and domestic consumption.

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