Chinese President Xi would visit three European countries

Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold talks with European leaders in three countries during a six-day tour starting Sunday.

Xi will travel to France, Serbia and Hungary. It will be the Chinese leader’s first trip to Europe in five years.

In France, Xi will meet with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. They will discuss bilateral relations and the situation in Ukraine and the Middle East.

The visit coincides with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and France.

Xi is also expected to hold three-way talks in France with Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The three will discuss relations between China and the EU.

The Chinese president is expected to meet President Aleksandar Vucic in Serbia. He will also meet Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Hungary. The leaders will discuss what has been achieved through China’s Belt and Road initiative.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry believes Xi’s visits will be important for China-Europe relations. She also believes that the tour will contribute to world peace and development.

Xi recently met in China with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Beijing appears to be trying to strengthen ties with European countries as a way to keep the United States in check.

The two countries are at odds over safety and advanced technology.