Macron's Chinese naivety

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<p><strong>Emmanuel Macron doesn't understand much about China. Some of his opponents will add that he also has trouble understanding French politics.</strong> </p>
<p>Still, Macron has started a visit to China for several days. It has two objectives: 1) <strong>convince Xi Jinping to pressure Russia for peace in Ukraine</strong> and 2) <strong>develop trade between China and Europe</strong>, by particularly with France.</p>
<p>Macron relies on two unavoidable observations. Beijing supports Moscow by buying hydrocarbons from it at very good prices and in purchasing power parity, China's economy is the largest on the planet.</p>
<p>However, Macron lacks a third observation. An observation that he refuses to consider. China has become a totalitarian country fighting against democracies.</p>
<p>It is that democracies, by their very existence, by their historical successes, by the freedoms they leave to their citizens, constantly remind the Chinese that a better political model than theirs is not only possible, but desirable. Moreover, the demonstrations against Chinese policies to fight COVID19 have come to show this brutally to Chinese leaders and in particular to Xi.</p>
<p>Maron is therefore going to Beijing to reach out to a dictator who sees him, in a very Marxist way, as the representative of a bourgeois class to be destroyed.</p>
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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 ” />