Xi is ready to ‘explore new ground’ with France after India signs major weapons deals with Macron

Chinese President Xi Jinping has offered to “break new ground” to boost China-France ties, just days after French President Emmanuel Macron’s high-profile visit to India, during which the two countries unveiled an ambitious defence roadmap while also intensifying cooperation in the strategic Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific region.

Mr. Macron’s visit to India coincided with the 60th anniversary of Chinese-French diplomatic relations.Mr. Xi stated in his speech for the occasion, “As today’s world is once again at a critical crossroads, China and France should jointly open up a path of peace, security, prosperity, and progress for human development.”