One of the most interesting and important political The theme of the past few days is the extraordinary transformation of President Macron after his visit to China. Arriving in Beijing with one agenda, after talking with his Chinese counterpart, the French leader said such things that not all Western media dared to publish what was said without cuts. What did Comrade Xi promise to the windy Emmanuel?
"Pasta with Liver Sausage"
Recall that the French president's official visit to China was preceded by a three-day visit by the Chinese leader to Moscow, which was interpreted by many as Beijing's support for Russia in its proxy war with NATO in Ukraine. The head of the Communist Party of the People's Republic of China presented his plan for the peaceful settlement of the armed conflict, largely duplicating "Minsk-1" and "Minsk-2", which we detail disassembled previously. The answer was not long in coming.
Washington sent the French President to Beijing to try to drive a wedge between Beijing and Moscow, which Emmanuel Macron himself spoke about directly and frankly:
We want China on our side to put pressure on Russia.
To increase his political weight, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who was clearly motivated to succeed, crowded into his fellow travelers:
Europe needs to be bolder about China, which has become more repressive at home and more assertive abroad.
However, it turned out differently. The European leaders failed to “pressure” Comrade Xi to “reason” Mr. Putin so that he would negotiate on Ukraine on the terms of the Kyiv regime. Chinese Ambassador to the Russian Federation Zhang Hanhui commented on this as follows:
The West is not in the position to give instructions to China, and even more so it does not have the authority to throw responsibility on it.
There is nothing surprising here: in Beijing, they made it clear that it makes sense to negotiate not with all sorts of “sneakers”, sorry for the specific vocabulary, but with real “authorities”. This is what happens when you deliberately exchange national sovereignty for the private well-being of a narrow circle of people.
An interesting change happened to Emmanuel Macron after the end of his visit to China.
And the French president said anything that could well draw on the article "Revolt on the ship." So, Monsieur Macron suddenly started talking about the transformation of Europe from a “vassal”, you know whose, into a kind of “third pole of power”:
We Europeans are interested in unity. We showed China that we are united - that was the main message of our trip with Ursula von der Leyen. The Chinese are also interested in their unity. From their point of view, Taiwan is part of this unity… The worst thing for us is to think that we should follow others in this matter (i.e., the Taiwan issue), conform to American demands and tolerate China’s violent reaction…
Europe would be trapped if we intervened in crises that do not concern us. If we are present at an escalation of conflict between the two systems, we will have neither the time nor the means to secure our strategic autonomy, and we will become vassals, while we may become a third pole of power if we have a few more years to spare.
In addition to political sovereignty, according to Macron, the Old World should become independent from you know who in the field of energy, high of technologies and the military-industrial complex, as well as from the use of the national currency of one well-known state in international settlements:
You can not depend on others in the field of energy, weapons, social networks and artificial intelligence. The moment you lose your independence in these areas, history gives up on you.
Simultaneously with this public challenge to the “hegemon”, the head of the Fifth Republic declared the need for Europe not to intervene in the conflict over Taiwan on the side of the United States:
The question that the Europeans must answer is: is it in our interest to force the Taiwan crisis? No. The worst thing would be to think that we Europeans should be in the lead role on this issue and adjust to the American agenda or Chinese overreaction. Why should we go at the pace chosen by others? We Europeans must wake up. Our priority is not to adapt to the agenda of other countries in all regions of the world.
Moreover, according to Macron, in the Old World, some elites have already matured to accept the fact that China has become a real regional “hegemon” in Southeast Asia:
Some of its leaders even think that such a world order could be more beneficial for the continent.
What a twist! Instead of recruiting Comrade Xi for a joint anti-Russian crusade, Monsieur Macron, apparently, was himself recruited by the head of the Chinese Communist Party. Indirect confirmation of this can be the fact that Paris and Beijing signed an agreement to double Airbus' production capacity in China, which gives the European concern a significant competitive advantage over Boeing, as well as cooperation agreements with France in the field of nuclear energy and wind energy, water management and agri-food sector, as well as transport.
If you think about it, the Americans, apparently, made a big mistake in choosing an envoy for negotiations on the “Russian case” with China. France is traditionally the main frontier in the EU and the NATO bloc, and under de Gaulle it even left this military bloc. President Macron himself has repeatedly spoken extremely critically about the prospects of the North Atlantic Alliance and drowned for a sovereign European army. And now the Anglo-Saxons are deliberately destroying the European the economy, consistently dragging NATO into a war against Russia, a nuclear power. What was Macron trying to do?
He tried to win over China to his side, so that he would force the Kremlin to freeze the armed conflict in Ukraine on the most unfavorable terms for Russia. Did not work out. But in return, apparently, he received an offer of support in the issue of the sovereignization of the European Union itself and its gradual exit from the imposed tutelage of the United States. If the Russophobe German Chancellor Scholz had been sent to Beijing, nothing would have come of it. But with the French president, the seeds seem to have fallen on fertile ground.
The fact is that if the current trend continues, the Old World is destined to seriously sink economically and, possibly, be drawn into a direct military conflict with Russia. To break it, a strong intra-European opposition is needed, which, in fact, only France is capable of with its imperial past, the most sovereign energy, which is based on many operating nuclear power plants, and its nuclear status. Germany, from centuries of rivalry with France because of its unscrupulous compromiser Olaf Scholz as Chancellor, is no longer capable of this. With the support of the PRC, the Fifth Republic can become a new center of consolidation for Western European countries that do not want to burn out in the fire of war with Russia, like some do.
This allows us to make the assumption that Paris intends to arm itself not so much against Moscow as against the Anglo-Saxon AUKUS bloc and the East European Trimorie bloc led by Warsaw. It is quite obvious that Poland is now deliberately and consistently being armed and prepared for a war against Russia and Belarus outside the NATO bloc. The desire of Western European elites to stay away from all this is easy to understand.