Former PM calls for overhaul of Turkey in challenge to Erdogan    Liverpool manager Klopp extends contract to 2024    Rain, cold temperatures expected ahead in Cairo    BREAKING: Algeria declares former PM Tebboune winner of presidential election    Britain speeds towards Brexit as Johnson wins large majority in election    'Maybe I'm not in my job on Monday,' says West Ham boss    Leicester show no sign of giving up title chase    Tokyo being billed as 'Recovery Olympics' -- but not for all    UK supports Egypt in developing 1st action plan on women, peace, security    Art Alert: Celebrating 71 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with film screenings    'Happy Journey' play tours Egypt starting with Tanta    Art Alert: Film Joker to screen at Tahrir Cultural Centre    Protesters hang gunman in Baghdad square: Officials    U.S. stocks climb ahead of Trump meeting with trade advisors    Hundreds protest in central Algiers against disputed election    Etisalat Misr invests EGP 50bln in Egypt since 2007    Debt: Who benefits and who bears the burden?    China says in close communication with U.S. on trade as fresh tariffs loom    Fed keeps rates on hold, points to ‘favorable' economic outlook next year    Egyptian Weightlifting Federation's officials referred to prosecution over doping crisis – ministry    Egypt's Sisi attends second day of Aswan forum    Egyptian-US air transport agreement revamped    Algeria holds election in defiance of protest movement    Egypt's President Sisi urges African leaders to unite for peace, stability    Apple's CEO spotted sampling Singapore's foods in neighborhood market    Mohamed Salah the most mentioned football player in Egypt on Twitter    Dark Waters    Egypt's Ahly close to signing former Zamalek, Aves player Kahraba    Here is the full list of Golden Globes 2020 nominations    Health insurance system to be launched in Upper Egypt, South Sinai in March    Even being big, burly one needs his mother    Egypt's Cabinet denies reports on increasing Jan. train fares    Adam Sandler threatens to make ‘so bad' movie if he doesn't win Oscar    Egypt's Tahrir Square among top Reuters photos of a decade    Egypt names 16 new governors ahead of anticipated Cabinet reshuffle    Egypt's MPs back potential return of information minister post in expected reshuffle    Court sentences six to death, 41 to lifetime imprisonment violence related case    Trump says he would release Mideast peace plan after Israeli elections    ACWA Power compares 3 bids to supply production units for Luxor power station    What do you know about gold alloying?    NBE announces EGP 2.5m prizes for handball youth teams for their world achievements    Jennifer Lopez evokes Egyptian outrage post her North Coast performance    Al-Sisi honours Egypt's scholars on Science Day    IS claims responsibility for suicide bombing killing 63 in Afghan wedding    Political parties gear up for parliamentary, senate, local elections    Unprecedented Glory: Egypt win Men's U-19 World Handball Championship    12th National Egyptian Theatre Festival fuel up public theatre art scene    Ministry of Environment has a plan for "black clouds season"    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





In China, Macron wants to take Beijing "at its word" on free trade
Published in Ahram Online on 03 - 11 - 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron will seek to make China deliver on promises to grant more access to foreign companies, eyeing agribusiness and finance, advisers said ahead of his arrival in Shanghai for a giant import fair.
Macron, who will attend the fair along with other European officials including incoming EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan, would take China "at its word" that it aims to open itself up to trade, a presidential adviser said ahead of the Nov. 4-6 trip.
"Since this fair is supposed to demonstrate China's openness, well, let's prove it with access to its agrobusiness market and progress on the EU-China deals," the adviser added.
Macron will travel with a business delegation of 30 companies ranging from blue chips to small firms. He will seek greater access in the fields of finance and aerospace as well as fewer export restrictions for French poultry.
China has long been dogged by Western allegations of unfair trade practices, from forced tech transfers to protectionist market entry policy.
That has led to disputes with the United States in particular, which has slapped tariffs on Chinese exports. The French adviser said Washington was right to push for better behaviour from the Chinese, even if France does not necessarily support President Donald Trump's trade moves.
"The United States ask the right questions, but don't necessarily have the right answers," the French adviser said.
The French president will be visiting China for the second time since he took office. During his last trip last year, he said Beijing's flagship "Belt and Road" project to develop global trade infrastructure should not be "one-way".
Macron has been keen for EU countries, which negotiate trade deals as a bloc, to show a united political front towards Beijing. When President Xi Jinping came to Paris in March, Macron invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to the Elysee palace.
Germany's exports to China account for nearly half the EU total and more than four times as much as those of France.
Demonstrating unity is "important, because we know how Europeans have moved to China without any co-ordination in the past, letting China think we were divided," the adviser said.


Clic here to read the story from its source.