China’s Xi warns of confrontations arising from Ukraine crisis – Reuters.com

French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping following a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China November 6, 2019. Nicolas Asfouri/Pool via REUTERS

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May 10 (Reuters) – Confrontation between blocs resulting from the Ukraine crisis could become a bigger and more lasting threat to global peace than the crisis itself, China’s President Xi Jinping told his French counterpart on Tuesday, according to state media.

China has repeatedly urged European countries to exercise diplomatic autonomy instead of aligning with the United States in what Beijing says is a “cold war mentality”. China has refused to condemn Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, which Russia calls a “special military operation”.

Speaking to French President Emmanuel Macron on the phone, Xi said that China felt Europe should have full control of European security, Chinese state television reported.

Xi also said he hopes France will play an active role in promoting China-EU ties as it holds the rotating presidency of the EU.

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Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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