China, France seek cooperation on global challenges

STORY: Xi said both sides needed to increase communication and cooperation, along with promoting bilateral relations to "inject stability and positive energy into the world.”

Macron said the two countries should rejoin "forces in order to tackle at the same time big international challenges", including climate change and the crisis in Ukraine.

France, along with its Western partners, has tried for several months to persuade countries that have not openly criticized Russia for its invasion of Ukraine to take a tougher stance and encourage Russia to change course, although there has been little sign of a change in the Chinese position.