By Sarah Safa — Terracotta Army, place of departure of the French President’s visit for China, the emblematic site was few time back also designed as the departure point of the new silk road, from where the “Belt and Road” initiative was launched by the Chinese government.
There is no doubt that Mr. Macron’s choice for this place holds a strong message toward China, the same message that was announced by him in his book “Revolution” earlier in 2016 where he mentions: “By looking at China’s rising influence, we must not look at it as a potential threat but rather an opportunity for France and for other countries. “
The French positive initiative open doors for a new era of economic cooperation between China and the European continent, putting an end for an era of desistance and hesitation that was introduced by Sarkozy’s visit to the Dalai Lama in 2008 despite warning from China leading to the cancellation of a major China-EU summit in sign of protest.
One would wonder what are the reasons behind such major policy shift. It seems clearer today how latest developments on the European continent is introducing a new “status quo”. This major transformation that originated in the American and international 2008 crisis driving the European market into a long phase of economic recession when many EU countries like France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg among others went on collecting funds in order to rescue their banks… In the context of an unsolved crisis, the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU market went on announcing the beginning of the end of what used to be the greater marriage or American-EU alliance. Thus, bringing its countries to call for the US to stop interfering in their own affairs as did the German economy minister, Brigitte Zypries, along with several senior European politicians who went on condemning the US sanctions against Russia and described it as “Illegal” and as more serving Washington’s interests, June 2017. Or driving a month later the German foreign minister to declare in Krasnodar, Russia the following: “We deem it absolutely unacceptable when a bill demands that Europeans give up on Russian gas so that they could sell American instead, at a much higher price. “
Same way, many EU countries including France, Italy and Spain went on signing major contracts with Iran driving the European market away from the American influence perhaps, and later driving the EU countries not only to condemn Trump’s decision to decertify Iran’s nuclear deal but also to reject his latest call on a security council meeting over Iranian protests, another foreign policy blunder that this time is throwing the EU in China’s arms.