Beijing reacts to Biden and Macron’s statement on ‘China’s challenge’ to international order
- Chinese foreign ministry tells United States and France not to ‘make an issue of China’
- Comments come after US President and French counterpart mention ‘concerns’ about Taiwan and human rights
The statement said the two countries would “coordinate on the concerns regarding China’s challenge to the rules-based international order, including respect for human rights …[and] the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”.
It also said the countries would cooperate with Beijing on important global issues such as climate change.
The statement said the US and France were committed to strengthening their partnership in the Indo-Pacific region to “advance prosperity, security and shared values based on a rules-based international order”.
“And we’re going to continue to strengthen our cooperation to defend core international principles in the Indo-Pacific, including freedom of navigation and freedom of overflight.”
“International cooperation to contain China is what the Biden administration has been doing since its inauguration, so the joint statement is unsurprising,” said Lee Dong-ryul, a professor of Chinese politics at Dongduk Women’s University.
“I think China would retain its original stance as usual, claiming that they are opposed to diplomacy targeting a third country.”
Shi Yinhong, an international relations professor at Renmin University, said the commitment between the US and France was “nothing new”.