Indo-Pacific: Emmanuel Macron on the offensive

Posted on October 30, 2021, 4:00 PMUpdate date: October 30, 2021 at 7:23 pm

After Australia’s disdain for canceling the contract to sell submarines, France’s head of state, Emmanuel Macron, has turned to other partners in the Indo-Pacific to advance French ambitions in the region.

In Rome, on the sidelines of the G20 summit, he began Saturday morning with a meeting, for half an hour, with his Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo. While Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is scheduled to visit Indonesia soon, the two leaders decided “to work on a real and strengthened strategic partnership in the Indo-Pacific region,” stressing that this partnership “will relate in particular to the issue of ecological transformation, support for employment and growth in Indonesia and recovery and recovery.” After covid. Neither the concrete details of this merger nor its timeline are yet known.

Australian submarine shadows

Hours later, the bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also an opportunity to strengthen relations between the two countries. And it is precisely with this country that France defined its strategy in the Indo-Pacific region three years ago.

In March 2018, a delegation of French entrepreneurs along with the Head of State signed about twenty contracts worth 13 billion euros. Having equipped about forty Rafale combat aircraft, India does not intend to get into the game of confrontation between the United States and China. But it wants to contain its powerful neighbor without falling under US rule. Therefore, Paris is a reliable partner.

On Saturday, the Elysee Palace noted that “the discussion made it possible to note a great convergence between France and India on the principles that should guide our actions in the Indo-Pacific region: trust, independence and unity.” Country.

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He said the Elysee again before announcing the holding of a “strategic dialogue” in Paris next week in order to embody this desire and move forward on a common agenda.

France’s ambition to assert itself, thanks to its overseas territories, as a power in this region has been shaken by Australia’s breach of a massive contract to purchase French submarines and the announcement of a strategic alliance between this country and the United States and the United Arab Emirates. United Kingdom (AUKUS). Friday, before the opening of the summit, Emmanuel Macron met at Villa Bonaparte, his American counterpart Joe Biden. The latter had admitted embarrassment on the part of the United States in the case.

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