Despite condemnation from China, French President Macron sticks by his remarks on Taiwan as the situation makes German Foreign Minister Baerbock’s travel to China more delicate.
French President Emmanuel Macron has stood by his recent comments regarding Taiwan, despite criticism from China. Macron did not mention Taiwan during his public statement in Beijing, but said that a French military ship had recently gone through the Taiwan Strait, demonstrating France’s engagement in the region. He also stated that France does not support provocations and considers respect, clarity, and the status quo as the best allies of European strategic autonomy. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is embarking on a trip to China, which has become more delicate due to Macron’s remarks. Many EU members are hoping for a clear and united EU line on China from Baerbock’s visit.