According to Reuter, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, on July 19, labeled “fake news” the SCMP’s report that China had sent invitations to European leaders to visit China.
On July 18, SCMP cited an anonymous source saying that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez were invited for a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in November, right after the end of CCP’s 20th Congress.
Commenting on this issue, Su Zi-yun, Director of Taiwan’s National Defense Resources and Industry Research, told Sound of Hope that it would be ideal if Xi could invite some foreign officials to celebrate his third term winning as China’s top leader at CCP’s 20th Congress.
However, Su said there are two possibilities, first, as Zhao Liian says, this is fake news. Maybe because the CCP knows that European officials will not accept the invitation.
Second, the opposition forces in the CCP always did not want Xi to remain in office after the 20th Congress. Therefore they wanted to ruin the plan to invite European officials to Beijing to celebrate Xi’s victory.
Su rated the second possibility higher.
Even so, Su noted that there are grounds to believe the possibility that European leaders do not want to go to Beijing to meet Xi. The main reason is that Beijing is accused of implicitly supporting Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.