Macron in the middle

Macron in the middle Cartoon by Rebel Pepper
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French President Emmanuel Macron, whose state visit to China featured six hours with China's President Xi Jinping, has come under fire for comments seen as distancing Paris from Washington and many European capitals. Europe must reduce its strategic dependency on the U.S. to avoid getting "caught up in crises that are not ours," Macron said. Xi and the Chinese Communist Party have enthusiastically endorsed Macron’s diplomatic concepts, but critics said his remarks were poorly timed, while most of Europe is reassessing relations with Beijing in the face of Xi's domestic repression, international aggression, economic coercion and support for Russia over Ukraine.


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