Macron's visit to China underlines economic tensions

BEIJING: The French president visits China this week amid a push for Beijing to open their markets, despite commercial disputes and weakening consumer spending.

Macron arrives Monday at Carry off where he is to visit a sprawling import fair before traveling to Beijing for a state visit on Wednesday.

The trip comes as France and its partners demand that China fulfill its commitments to boost imports of agricultural products and manufactured products while opening its market for financial products and other services.

France and the European Union they have joined the United States in complaints about Chinese business practices that they consider unfair.

Meanwhile, China is dealing with a drop in demand that has kept economic growth at only 6% in the last quarter, the lowest level in almost 30 years.

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