Resume China-Europe air traffic: France

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Airline traffic between Europe and China should resume as soon as possible as COVID-19 vaccination campaigns progress, French President Emmanuel Macron's office has said after a call with the leaders of Germany and China.

Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held joint talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Monday as ties between the EU and the world's second-largest economy come under increasing strain.

The video conference focused on EU-China relations, international trade, climate protection and biodiversity, according to the German government.

They also discussed co-operation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, global vaccine supply and other international and regional issues.

Merkel and Macron advocated for a tightening of short-term carbon dioxide reduction targets as well as joint efforts to protect biodiversity.

The Chinese city of Kunming hosts a UN Biodiversity Conference in October while the next UN Climate Change Conference starts a short time later in Glasgow, Scotland.

According to Chinese sources, Xi advocated "multilateralism and cooperation" in the video conference.

The last time the three leaders spoke to each other was in April.

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