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Xi again tells Europeans to take security 'in their own hands' during call with Macron

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet via video link on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

For the second time in two days, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged Europeans to take their own security issues “in their own hands”, during talks with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.

In a call that addressed some of the testier issues in EU-China relations, the pair agreed on the need to reach a speedy ceasefire in Ukraine, according to readouts from both governments.

A Chinese government account of the call said that Xi and Macron agreed that “all parties concerned should support Russia and Ukraine to restore peace through negotiations”.

The French readout, meanwhile, said they had both “reiterated their commitment to respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, and agreed on the urgency of reaching a ceasefire”.

But there were no clues in either version as to how

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