France-China “Year of Ecological Transition”

French President Emmanuel Macron has appealed to Chinese leaders to form a partnership on climate change and African development during a visit to Beijing. Macron noted that he will propose a joint “year of ecological transition” to Chinese President Xi Jinping to mobilize their governments and companies. “I propose to President Xi a French-Chinese year of ecological transition in 2018-2019 to mobilize our companies, our start-ups, our cities and our regions, to show the world that we, French and Chinese, are capable of making our planet great and beautiful again,” states Macron. During their meeting, the two Presidents are expected to announce a Franco-Chinese investment fund of more than US$1.2 billion