French President Emmanuel Macron has advocated European strategic autonomy, but was upset by the US decision to side with Australia and Britain. Photo: AFP/Getty Images/TNS
French President Emmanuel Macron has advocated European strategic autonomy, but was upset by the US decision to side with Australia and Britain. Photo: AFP/Getty Images/TNS

Is French fury at US over new UK-Australia pact a chance for Beijing to improve relations with Europe?

  • The new Aukus pact designed to counter Beijing’s influence saw France lose out on a US$40 billion submarine contract with Canberra
  • Chinese observers say this could leave Europe questioning the US commitment to transatlantic ties, but it is not clear how far China can benefit

Topic |   US-China relations
French President Emmanuel Macron has advocated European strategic autonomy, but was upset by the US decision to side with Australia and Britain. Photo: AFP/Getty Images/TNS
French President Emmanuel Macron has advocated European strategic autonomy, but was upset by the US decision to side with Australia and Britain. Photo: AFP/Getty Images/TNS
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