Macron trip, hailed as success, still raises questions about EU-China relations - SCMP

09-04-2023

Frans-Paul van der Putten, a researcher and founder of ChinaGeopolitics, a Dutch advisory business, said that given Europe's limited ability to deal with China independently from the US, it was good for Macron to try to make use of his restricted capacity. "While the EU needs to protect its internal cohesion and maintain close relations with the US, it also has to preserve its economic relations with China. Without these, the EU risks losing its economic strength, which it needs to deal with current and future geopolitical challenges," he said.

Article by Shi Jiangtao and Kawala Xie published online 9 April 2023, South China Morning Post.