French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Friday, Jan.5, 2018. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)
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In Mandarin, Emmanuel Macron's name is rendered "Makelong", or "the horse vanquishes the dragon" -- an encouraging image for the French president as he heads to China Sunday hoping to forge closer ties with President Xi Jinping.Macron also said this week that China had a key leadership role to play in easing the crisis provoked by North Korea's nuclear programme, following Trump's escalating war of words with Kim Jong-Un.China has praised Macron's decision to make it the first Asian nation he visits.That leaves France with a Chinese trade deficit of 30 billion euros ($36 billion), its biggest with any trading partner.The two leaders also plan to announce a French-China investment fund worth 1 billion euros which would help midsize companies, mainly from France, get a foothold in China.
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