Published:  12:42 AM, 05 November 2019

French leader to raise 'taboo' topics in China

French leader to raise 'taboo' topics in China

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in China on Monday (Nov 4) to drum up new business deals, but under warning from his hosts to keep off thorny issues such as the protests in Hong Kong.

Landing in the afternoon, Macron will begin his second official trip to China in the financial hub of Shanghai where he will attend an international import fair against the backdrop of the US-China trade war. He will have dinner with President Xi Jinping before heading to Beijing, where the two will hold more talks, with French officials saying Macron will not shy away from "taboo" topics including Hong Kong and the mass detention of Muslims in China's northwest Xinjiang region.

Human Rights Watch called on Macron to publicly press Xi to close "political education" camps in Xinjiang and respect Hong Kongers' rights to participate in politics.

--AFP, Shanghai

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