Ian Williams Ian Williams

Macron has made a fool of himself in China

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At least there was no six metre-long table in Beijing separating Emmanuel Macron from Xi Jinping. But their meeting was about as fruitless as the French president’s socially distanced chat with Xi’s ‘best friend’ Vladimir Putin in Moscow last year, shortly before the Russian leader sent his tanks into Ukraine.

Macron’s visit to China was a performance, aimed to bolster his credentials as an international statesman at a time of troubles at home

There was something very retro about the Macron’s visit to China.

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Ian Williams
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Ian Williams
Ian Williams is a former foreign correspondent for Channel 4 News and NBC, and author of The Fire of the Dragon: China’s New Cold War (Birlinn).

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