China receives Macron and warns him against interfering with the Hong Kong file[/rtl]
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BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which is locked in a trade showdown with the United States, is warmly ready to welcome French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, but warned it not to intervene in the unrest in Hong Kong.
Emmanuel Macron is expected to arrive this afternoon in Shanghai, China's economic capital, for a trade-focused visit.
During his first trip to China in early 2018, Macron promised to return home at least once a year.
"Among friends, we always give the best, especially to a friend from afar. He should have a warm and friendly reception," said Zhu Jing, a senior Chinese Foreign Ministry official on Thursday, citing Confucius.
The highlight of the visit will be a dinner Tuesday between Macron and his wife, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his singer Peng Liyuan, at the Yu Garden in Shanghai, one of China's most beautiful gardens.
The Chinese president is seeking to strengthen contacts with the Europeans at a time of slowing economy, a decline exacerbated by the trade war with the United States. He is also facing an unprecedented challenge for five months in Hong Kong, where protesters reject Beijing's growing influence.
At the time of the Elysée that Macron will address "without prohibitions" on issues related to human rights and the situation in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, Beijing issued a warning to the French president.
"Hong Kong and Xinjiang are China's internal affairs," the Chinese diplomat said.
Human Rights Watch called on Macron to pressure his counterpart "to close political education camps" in Xinjiang.
Experts and rights groups accuse Beijing of holding up to a million Uighur Muslims in camps in northwest China's Xinjiang province, which has been the scene of attacks attributed to separatists or Islamists.
Upon his arrival on Monday, Macron will attend a dinner with other world leaders invited to the opening of the second Shanghai Import Fair, an annual trade date set up by the communist regime to show its determination to open its markets.
The French-Chinese dialogue is "very important at a time when the world is experiencing many successive crises, where protectionism and unilateralism continue to rise," the Chinese diplomat said, referring to the United States without naming it. is over