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TAASAN NEWS: The purpose of French President Emmanuel Macron's trip to Beijing was to show that Europe is united against China and to try to convince Xi Jinping to do something to stop Russia's aggression in Ukraine, but several European officials have expressed concern about the trip's unintended consequences.

, but the trip's unintended consequences have some European officials concerned. The French President's interaction with reporters on the flight home from his trip to China was reported in a story about this subject, and the words he made can only mean one thing: dissension inside the European Union.

Macron cautioned against the risks of immersing Europe in the dispute between Washington and Beijing, particularly with regard to the Taiwan problem, in an interview with the Lezco newspaper and "Politico, an American news website.

He stressed that Europe might not have the time or resources for an "independent strategy" to operate without the American government that France is seeking if this duality and bilateral confrontation (between America and China) intensifies. 

The French President said, "In this case, the members of the European Union will be no more than subjects that we can become the third pole in just a few years." The Chinese leadership was supposed to applaud these declarations, but diplomats and foreigners in Brussels were less enthusiastic.

A top European Union official responded to these statements by saying that Emmanuel Macron "speaks for the French Republic." French ambassadors are attempting to defend their president with justifications and/or explanations.

They contend that creating a third pole for Europe does not include trying to strike a fair balance between China's totalitarian government and America's democratic one.

Many of France's European partners, however, were incensed by Mr. Macron's warning against the old continent being subordinated to American interests as well as this perception of the French president's statements, which, despite Paris' denial, seemed to indicate that Europe would not confront China over Taiwan.


While the aforementioned nations saw America as a critical security guarantee against Russian aggression and the most significant supporter of Ukraine in the current war, the eastern members of the European Union have long been concerned about Europe escaping Washington's arms.

During his trip to Washington, German Chancellor Olaf Schultz and French President Emmanuel Macron were criticized by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for seeking to negotiate a trade deal with Beijing.


He claimed that they were turning to China in a short-sighted attempt to sell European goods at a great geopolitical expense.


The Polish Prime Minister made the following comment in response to a passage in Mr. Macron's speech that discussed the European independent strategy: "I do not fully understand the concept of strategic autonomy if it actually means shooting yourself in the foot."


The claim that Europe can persuade Xi Jinping to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to defuse the conflict in the Ukraine received harsh criticism in reaction from the Lithuanian Foreign Minister.

I do not recommend pleading with dictators to help bring peace to Europe, he wrote in a tweet. "I suggest we recognize the benefits and necessity of a transatlantic alliance," he wrote.


It was maybe to some extent expected that the Eastern European nations, particularly those close to Russia's borders, would respond negatively to the French President's remarks, but it is significant that Mr. Macron's remarks were not well received either in Western Europe.

These claims were deemed "regrettable" by German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius, who added: "We have never been in danger of being or becoming a puppet of the United States."



Shortly after arriving back from another official trip to China, which had several side effects, Emmanuel Macron departed for the Netherlands.


The French President was hosted by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who graciously avoided criticizing him directly while simultaneously pointing out that America is "essential and unavoidable" and that "without America's backing, it would be impossible that "Ukraine can oppose Russia."


The criticism of Emmanuel Macron's remarks in Brussels overshadowed Ursula van der Leyen's efforts to synchronize the EU's position on China.

Charles Michel, the president of the European Union Council, appears to share Emmanuel Macron's perspective on "strategic autonomy" in the interim.


"There is a lot of dependence on the alliance with the United States, and Emmanuel Macron has not said anything other than this," he added during his speech.


Then, the President of the Council of the European Union questioned, "Does this alliance mean that we blindly and systematically follow the American position on all issues?" The response is unfavorable, he said.


Author: Hameedullah Ghafoori