The United States claimed this Monday France as one of its main allies to deal with Chinadespite the fact that the French president, Emmanuel Macron, marked distances before the policy from Washington to taiwan.
“France is our oldest ally. The values we share have guided our relationship and continue to do so today,” State Department spokesman Vedant Patel told a news conference.
The official thus reacted to Macron’s interview in the newspaper Les Echos after his trip to Beijing, in which he advocated building a European “autonomy” with respect to the policy outside the United States and China on topics like taiwan.
Patel responded that all countries are sovereign and have the “right” to have their own bilateral relations and comment on them.
But he also stressed that Washington and Paris share the same stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, China’s “threats” on Taiwan and Beijing’s “human rights violations.”
“We have done a very important job supporting Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression and we have also collaborated to deal with the challenges it poses. China“, said.
The spokesman for the diplomacy The American also recalled that the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who was in Beijing with Macron, “I have described to China as a systematic rival and a strategic competitor”.
During their trip, Macron and von der Leyen asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for more involvement in promoting peace in Ukraine.
The visit coincided with the deployment of Chinese military drills around Taiwan, in response to the island’s head of state, Tsai Ing-wen, last week’s visit to the United States.
In the interview in Les Echos, Macron opined that European countries should not “adapt” to the US strategy on Chinanor support the “overreaction” of Beijing.
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