French President Emmanuel Macron told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Thursday that he expects him to "bring Russia to its senses" over its war in Ukraine, France24 reported.
"I know that I can count on the fact that you will bring Russia to its senses and everyone to the negotiating table," said French President Xi during a bilateral meeting in Beijing.
At the start of the meeting between Xi and Macron, Chinese state media reported that Xi said the relationship between the two countries was "positive and stable," adding: "Today, the world is undergoing profound historical changes."
During a Thursday morning meeting with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at the House of the People's Assembly, Macron stressed the importance of dialogue between China and France "in these troubled times."
"The ability to share common analysis and build a common path is important," he said.
Xi Jinping officially met Macron in Beijing on April 6.
Macron is in China on a visit, during which he is reportedly hoping to dissuade Beijing from supporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine and forge closer ties with an important trading partner. Also visiting Beijing this week is European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who met with Macron in Paris on Monday to coordinate preparations.