French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as he arrives for a dinner at the Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, near Nice, France, on March 24. Photo: Reuters
Emanuele Scimia
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Emanuele Scimia

To gauge France’s South China Sea intentions, look at what it does, not what it does not say

  • With his China visit, French President Macron won trade deals and climate cooperation and shored up European Union interests
  • His silence on the South China Sea, however, does not mean France will stop trying to curb China’s influence or end arms sales to its rivals

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French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as he arrives for a dinner at the Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, near Nice, France, on March 24. Photo: Reuters
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Emanuele Scimia

Emanuele Scimia

Emanuele Scimia is an independent journalist and foreign affairs analyst.