Macron's Chinese naivety
Beyond this simplistic conception, Xi only seeks to take advantage of the countries with which he trades. Or more precisely, Chinese leaders want to establish an international order where they are more equal than others, where their rights take precedence over those of other leaders.
Canada has paid the price for this state of mind with the affair of the two Michaels.
We should not be surprised by this Chinese vision of the world. It is linked to the Chinese perception of the balance of power between China and its neighbors for millennia.
In return for their submission, other countries can even expect a certain generosity from Beijing.< /p>
Peace in Ukraine
Macron was pleased that Xi had explicitly rejected the use of nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine.
This rejection was already implicit in the Chinese government's Ukraine peace plan. At the same time, a Kremlin spokesman rejected any mediation by China and said the war must continue. Nothing really new here.
For the rest, Macron was accompanied by around fifty French business people who continue to salivate at the mention of the Chinese market. Airbus has announced that its aircraft production line in China will double, while agreements have been signed in the highly profitable civil nuclear sector.
In short, Macron is committed to the logic of political gains and short-term economies while China's leaders think long-term. .jpg” alt=”Macron's Chinese naïveté ” />