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Emmanuel Macron’s interview on the Taiwan conflict caused a considerable stir over the weekend. With his stance on China and the United States, Macron is dividing Europe and leading the continent into geopolitical isolation, outraged CDU foreign policy expert Norbert Röttgen on Twitter. Macron is also acting against the spirit of Ursula von der Leyen’s recent policy speech, Finn Mayer-Kuckuck analyzes, showing how gratefully Macron’s interview is being received in China.
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Macron sends fatal signal to Taiwan
Just hours after a feel-good trip by Emmanuel Macron together with Xi Jinping to southern China, the Chinese navy has begun a major maneuver around Taiwan. While several fleets practiced a blockade of the Taiwanese islands, Macron spoke in an interview of how Europe should “follow neither the United States nor China” on the Taiwan issue. It should go its own way and thus become the “third superpower”, the French president said in said interview with the newspaper Les Echos.
Macron thus at least contradicted the spirit of Ursula von der Leyen’s offensive speech last week. The EU Commission President called violence unacceptable in order to change the status quo in front of Xi. Instead of now also backing Taiwan in unambiguous terms, Macron signaled indifference on this issue and marked it as a power-political project of the United States. The German chancellor, unlike Macron, had clearly warned against an invasion of Taiwan, despite all the vagueness of his policy.
Maneuvers immediately after departure of guests
Several fleets had practiced between Saturday and Monday evening to encircle all of Taiwan and block shipping. Notional operational targets included an attack on the main island by an aircraft carrier group. Beijing’s naval exercise was an explicit response to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s meeting with US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy in Los Angeles late last week.
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