French President Emmanuel Macron echoed Chinese President Xi Jinping's call to safeguard multilateralism. He said competition between the EU and China must not lead to political isolationism or a breakdown in world trade systems. The two leaders promised to work side by side with Europe.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also agreed that all sides should work together to oppose unilateralism. Merkel added that her country is considering joining the Belt and Road Initiative.