CThis is a sign that it will not deceive: the most ardent supporter of European strategic autonomy is not in Brussels or even in Paris, but in Beijing. Xi Jinping called Prime Minister Angela Merkel again on April 7 to express this view.Merkel has not yet carried out the most intense publicity for this concept: the Chinese President hopes that Europe can “Exercising their judgment completely independently and achieving strategic autonomy in a true sense”, According to an interview published in Beijing.
Two days later, it was the turn of China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi to encourage President Macron’s diplomatic adviser, Emmanuel Bonne, to take this blessed path. “China appreciates France’s claim to the EU’s strategic autonomy (European Union) », He told her, According to the official Xinhua News Agency.
If Chinese leaders insist on the necessary independence of Europe so firmly, it is because they see that Europe is moving in a slanted direction, not the direction they hoped. In the huge conflict that is taking place between the Chinese and American blocs, China has done everything possible to keep Europe away from the United States. With the extensive help of Donald Trump, she even seems to have succeeded. But in recent months there has been strong opposition: Beijing has pushed Europeans into American arms because of its clumsiness or arrogance.
Summary of previous episodes. Ten years ago, the European Union was fighting the sovereign debt crisis. Driven by German demand, debt-laden countries have to quit their jobs to sell home jewellery: their infrastructure. In Beijing, Xi Jinping formally put forward the concept of the “New Silk Road” in 2013, and proposed a development strategy to connect Asia with the rest of the world through a huge railway and maritime network. Europe is fascinated by the speed of China’s rise and sees it as an economic rather than a geopolitical project. Family jewelry is sold. Since 2013, China has acquired equity in 14 European ports.
Then the Europeans were disillusioned. The “Silk Road” appeared because they were: a power project and an autocratic power.In 2019, the EU got rid of its “Naive”Announcing that its relationship with China is based on a conceptual triptych: Beijing is a partner, but also a competitor and “Systemic Competitor”. But this did not prevent Italy, which was ruled by the Baroque couple Ligue-5-Etoiles at the time, and Xi Jinping signed the only memorandum of understanding on the G7 countries’ recognition of the “Silk Road” strategy that year. By the end of 2020, the trend will truly change with the pandemic and the suppression of Hong Kong and Xinjiang.