It is being described as a new stage in French diplomacy – along with potential trade deals being signed.
Macron is backing Chinese President Xi Jinping’s new “silk road” project. The One Belt, One Road initiative aims to extend China’s reach across Asia and beyond by using a network of new railways, ports, and other infrastructure.
Macron also wants to strengthen French partnerships with China, particularly in Africa.
Macron said France has “the experience of unilateral imperialism in Africa” and wants to help China avoid what he called France’s “African mistakes”.
So, what does the French connection with China mean for both Asia and the world?
Presenter: Laura Kyle
Einar Tangen – Economic Affairs Adviser to Chinese government
Barthelemy Courmont – Director of Research, French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs
Graham Ong-Webb – Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University