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Macron warns against China's overtures to EU

Paris and Beijing sign $45bn in deals despite Belt and Road concerns

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a news conference after meeting Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on March 25 in Paris.   © Reuters

PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron urged the European Union to maintain a united front following his Monday summit here with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as more European countries sign on to Beijing's controversial Belt and Road infrastructure-building initiative.

"Europe must be united and have a coherent message. That's what we are doing on strategic investments," Macron said in a joint news conference with Xi that day. He suggested that EU members could weaken the union if they join Belt and Road without a shared, bloc-wide strategy.

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