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Macron's briefing a long read with substantial repeats ... tough to agree in the essence of security for Europe when not discussing security of the Russian Federation.

Macron and Xi clearly differ on the path to peace in Europe.

Xi pressures Putin and Russia, assuming Emmanuel pressures NATO and moving US Congress together with leadership in Oval Office. Won't happen anytime soon.

Banned words in press briefing NATO, Quad and Taiwan. Likely Macron is still hurting from Biden's decision on AUKUS, moving the nuclear submarines contract to friendly U.K., outside of the EU. Macron is clearly in a hard place ... Xi expressed faith in Macron as in China patience is a virtue.

France and Germany (also a banned term?) need to step up their business interests in  China and SE Asia ... the U.K. and the Netherlands are bound by the U.S. alliances.

Is there a Q&A session after the statements? This briefing was early in the day as more talks followed. Interesting ... looking for reactions from across the big pond. 😂

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 7th, 2023 at 11:15:00 AM EST
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