EU chief Charles Michel set off for Beijing on Tuesday, maintaining plans to meet President Xi Jinping despite the turmoil of large-scale protests in major Chinese cities protesting. blockade order due to Covid-19.
Earlier in the day, China’s top security agency, the ruling Communist Party’s Central Committee for Politics and Law, called for a “suppression” of the protests.
But Michel, the president of the European Council representing 27 EU member state governments, supports the plan to urge Mr. Xi to use his influence in Moscow to protest Russia’s war in Ukraine.
“Charles Michel was invited by President Xi. When invited by the Chinese president, do people say ‘no’?” a European official asked rhetorically when asked about the duration of the trip.
Michel will also seek to discuss business ties, with EU capitals divided over their approach to China and Washington calling on Western allies to maintain their distance.
Michel will travel to Beijing on Wednesday and meet Xi on Thursday before holding talks with the Chinese premier.
Last week, a deadly fire in Urumqi, the capital of the northwestern region of Xinjiang, catalyzed a wave of outrage, with protesters taking to the streets in cities across China.
Beijing is the last major economy to still impose strict lockdown measures to control the spread of Covid-19, and protesters blame unpopular rules for hindering rescue operations. fire.
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