Chinese foreign minister visits France to strengthen relations

Beijing is looking to deepen ties with Paris amid growing pressure from the West. China's foreign minister met his French counterpart on Wednesday. He stressed the need to build a more resilient Sino-French supply chain.

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang said, "The purpose of my visit is to work with Madam Foreign Minister to implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state, and accelerate cooperation in various fields.

Qin Gang and Catherine Colonna discussed a number of issues. He said the two sides should work together to address global challenges, including the war in Ukraine.

Colonna said China can play an important role in persuading Russia. Qin reiterated China is committed to promoting a political solution to the crisis.

According to Chinese state media, he also said the relationship between China and Europe should not be restricted by any third parties. He apparently expressed his hope that European countries may not pose pressure on China together with the United States.