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Macron in China: What terms for doing business with Beijing?

THE DEBATE
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French President Emmanuel Macron is in Shanghai as part of what he's billed as an annual pilgrimage to China. He sees opportunity, with plenty of agricultural products to export to the nation that has to feed one in five humans. He's got French culture to export, with the inauguration of a new branch of the Pompidou museum.

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He also sees a Chinese president who's just consolidated his grip on the Communist Party even more, a Xi Jinping who's a tough negotiator on intellectual property rights, digital dominance and who doesn't suffer fools gladly when it comes to territorial disputes in the South China Sea or pesky questions from journalists on Hong Kong or Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province. 

We ask about Macron's approach, bringing an EU Commissioner and German cabinet members with him and positioning himself as the emissary of an EU that's got clout of its own... when it's united. Is this the way to handle China?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Ingri Bergo. 

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