On the plane back from China for a three-day visit, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed that Europe should not become a vassal of the United States.
He said in an interview with a number of journalists today, Sunday, “Europe must reduce its attachment to the United States, and avoid a possible confrontation with China over Taiwan.”
He also considered that the greatest danger facing Europe is getting involved in unrelated crises, according to Politico.
In addition, he stressed that European countries must resist the pressures that seek to turn them into American dependencies.
Macron and the Chinese President
And he added, “The question that the Europeans have to answer is, is it in our interest to accelerate a crisis over Taiwan?”
To quickly answer in the negative, warning that the Europeans would turn into followers of US policy in this file.
He also believed that the European Union countries should reduce their dependence on the US dollar extraterritorially. He reaffirmed the theory of “strategic autonomy” for Europe, which is supposed to be led by France, to become a “third great power”.
It is noteworthy that these French positions came after a 3-day presidential visit to Beijing, at the end of which Macron pledged, along with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, in a joint declaration on Friday, to work together to “support all efforts aimed at restoring peace to Ukraine,” which is facing the invasion. Russian.
However, the text did not mention Russia, nor did it include a condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine, nor a call for the withdrawal of Russian forces from this country, which was considered a setback for France in some European circles.
However, the Elysee Palace later clarified that the goal of the visit was not to transfer Beijing from one camp to another, but rather to seek to bring points of view closer.
He also noted that Xi accepted Macron’s invitation to visit France on an unspecified date.
It is noteworthy that since the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Beijing has not condemned “the Russian invasion of the lands of its western neighbor, but has held NATO several times responsible for provoking the Kremlin.”
However, it recently announced its willingness to mediate between the two conflicting parties in order to revive negotiations, presenting a peace initiative based on several points.
While Washington, the biggest supporter of Kiev, criticized this initiative, stressing that it naturally comes in favor of the Russian side.