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Chinese President Xi Jinping supported on May 6 the idea of a global truce during the Olympic Games in Paris this summer, Le Monde reported.

Xi arrived in France a day earlier as part of his European tour, marking his first visit to the EU in five years.

The Chinese leader's visit comes at a strenuous time, as Beijing and the European countries are increasingly at odds over China's support for Russia during the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron previously voiced hope for China's support of the Olympic truce, a longstanding tradition allowing the safe passage of athletes to and from the Olympics.

Macron welcomed the willingness of his Chinese counterpart to "appeal to all concerned parties to establish an Olympic truce during our upcoming Games," according to Le Monde.

"Together, we believe that this initiative can be an opportunity to work towards a long-term solution in full compliance with international law," the French president said.

Macron also thanked Xi for Beijing's promise to "refrain from selling any weapons to Moscow," the media outlet reported.

China has maintained close ties with Moscow during the war, tightening economic cooperation and disrupting Western attempts at isolating Russia.

The U.S. warned its allies in April that China is increasing its support for Russia through geospatial intelligence, missile propellants, and microelectronics.

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After meeting with Macron and Xi on May 6, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that "more effort is needed to curtail the delivery of dual-use goods to Russia that find their way to the battlefield."

"We count on China to use all its influence on Russia to end Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine," she said.

Beijing supports the convening of a peace conference "recognized by both Russia and Ukraine, with equal participation of all parties and fair discussion of all peace plans," Xi said, according to Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua.

Ukraine's peace summit will be held on June 15-16 in Switzerland, and 160 national delegations will be invited to the talks.

Russia, the aggressor in the ongoing war, will not be invited "at this stage," the Swiss government said. China has been invited to take part in talks on Ukraine's 10-point peace formula and said it was considering its participation.

The formula envisages withdrawing all Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine, the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity, release of all prisoners of war and deportees, preventing ecocide in Ukraine, and punishing those responsible for war crimes.

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China wants to work with France and the rest of the international community to end the war in Ukraine, Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly told French media outlet Le Figaro on May 5.
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