Keyword: Xi Jinping

The new raw materials at centre of global disputes: rare earth elements

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Huge pipes removing polluted water from a rare earth refinery in Inner Montgolia. © Reuters Huge pipes removing polluted water from a rare earth refinery in Inner Montgolia. © Reuters

The Chinese president Xi Jinping, whose country is embroiled in a trade war with the United States, has threatened an embargo on Chinese exports of what are called rare earths. These metallic elements have become essential raw materials both for the technological transition to greener energy and in the digital world. And China has a near-monopoly on them. Mediapart's Martine Orange spoke about the issue with French expert Guillaume Pitron, author of a recent book on the growing global battle over these crucial elements.

Chinese president kicks off France visit with trip to Monaco

China's president Xi Jinping arrived in France on Sunday for a three-day visit that began on the Riviera and a visit to the tiny prinicpality of Monaco, before meeting with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron ahead of bialteral trade talks Monday, and further discussions on Tuesday in Paris with Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Tiananmen protester warns of global threat from China's 'money-based' system

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Dissident Wang Dan. © Reuters Dissident Wang Dan. © Reuters

Wang Dan was one of the student leaders in the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing in 1989 and was later jailed twice before going into exile. He recently visited Paris to give a series of lectures on the continuing impact of the movement and spoke to Mediapart about his involvement in the protests and his reading of the situation today in China and its role in the world. Gilles Taine reports.

Xi Jinping, Macron agree to promote China-France cooperation

Two presidents agreed to promote bilateral relations and cooperation during the meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

French minister denounces 'disgusting' food served for Chinese president

Trade minister Nicole Bricq was caught by on TV deriding the quality of food served at President Xi Jinping's state dinner.

Chinese President's visit to France marks major trade contracts

A state visit to France by Chinese President Xi Jinping has rubber-stamped some 18 billion euros-worth of industrial and energy deals.

Chinese president begins three-day visit to France

Xi Jinping arrived in France on Tuesday for a visit his hosts hope will see major business deals agreed, from aviation to nuclear cooperation.