The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will travel to China with the French president Emmanuel Macron in the first week of April, an EU representative announced today, without giving further information.

From Paris, the French president recalled that he is “committed to coordinating and expressing a European voice” against Russia and the war in Ukraine.

“We must try as much as possible to engage China on our side in order to put pressure on Russia to safely refrain from using chemical or nuclear weapons and stop the conflict, return to the negotiating table and achieve respect for international law , that is, the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” he clarified.

Ursula von der Leyen is expected to deliver a speech on Thursday in Brussels on EU-China relations.

During their autumn discussions on the issue, European leaders appeared to want to find their own way towards China, without aligning themselves with the US and drifting into a logic of “systematic confrontation”.