Paris — Step by step, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken called for regaining trust between the United States and France on Tuesday following a secret submarine deal that revealed the Biden administration’s determination to counter China. .. Of America’s oldest ally.
Blinken has adjusted the pace of the glamorous hall on Quai d’Orsay in Paris for over an hour, and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has a private vent session over Australia’s decision to buy a nuclear submarine from the United States. Allowed. The state has withdrawn its previous $ 66 billion contract for diesel-powered ones from France.
A walk-and-talk between the two counterparts and a longtime friend emphasized the importance of putting a personal touch on delicate diplomatic issues. Ronald Reagan walks through the woods with Mikhail Gorbachev to rebuild US-Russian relations in 1985, and President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski joins foreign leaders. It was exciting to have a morning walk together. A peace agreement was signed between Israel and Egypt in 1978 during Camp David.
But in the end, Le Drain literally shook off the question of what it took to convince France that the United States was a credible partner. “It’s a pleasure to be here,” Blinken said, but declined to comment otherwise.
Subsnab is just one aspect of greater tension between France and the United States over its own strategy in the Indo-Pacific region, and more broadly Europe’s long-term military goals.
According to the French government, the Indo-Pacific countries are home to at least 1.5 million French citizens, and the region is home to about 8,000 soldiers. France also has a large exclusive economic zone.
French President Emmanuel Macron is striving to straddle the tight inequality between China and the United States, which is refocusing its focus on countering Beijing. President Biden, who took up the policies that began between the Obama and Trump administrations, spoke more severely than Europe on China and its human rights violations, military aggression on the open sea, threats to Taiwan, and trade disputes with the United States. Adopted.
As a result, transatlantic relations have become more accidental than ever, disappointing much of Europe.
Bruno Tertrais, deputy director of the Strategic Research Foundation, which studies international security, said the submarine trade would have a “simultaneous impact” on France and Macron’s autonomous Europe would work with two world powers. Showed a vision.
Tertrais said the breach of the Australian submarine contract and the role played by the United States and Britain in mediating it “leaded to the collapse of our strategy in the Indo-Pacific and at the end of the hope France must do. I was connected. ” Become part of the Anglo-speaking “Five Eyes” club. “
The Five Eyes Alliance (Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand, USA) is an elite intelligence sharing consortium.
What upset him, too, was “why our American friends can’t understand it.” Despite the US obsession with China, he said, “I’m surprised that US friends want to resume conversations as if nothing important had happened.”
Recently, French officials have coldly suggested that the submarine deal has given China the opportunity to divide its allies.
They also point to clumsy diplomacy about the deal as the latest example of the United States putting its own interests first. The announcement just weeks after the Biden administration withdrew US troops from Afghanistan only helped to emphasize their claims, even in the turmoil and the humanitarian disasters that were occurring there.
But in a treatise from the Institut Montaigne, Teltrais and former French ambassador Michel Duclos told the French government to “soften the rhetoric about partner behavior” rather than “totally rely on the European Union.” Advised. France is a nuclear power, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and a major maritime presence in Asia.
Instead, they concluded that France should strengthen diplomacy with other people in the region, such as India and Japan, while coordinating its regional strategy with Washington and other allies.
“The big question is how France will be positioned in what is called the’new Cold War’beginning between China and the West,” wrote Tertrais and Duclos.
French officials have also seized a submarine contract to promote a new European military approach that is more independent of the United States.
European Union Foreign Policy Director Josep Borrell Fonteres said last month in pursuing “multi-faceted involvement with China” and presenting a new EU strategy for the Indo-Pacific region for direct avoidance. “We have to survive ourselves, just like any other person,” he said. Showdown.
However, support for the more Eurocentric defense compacts has blossomed and declined over the years. Many European countries, including Germany, are skeptical of the authority of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the military alliance that could undermine the overwhelming support it receives from the United States in the form of funds, troops and supplies.
French officials dealing with Brussels are realistic about how slowly Europe’s progress towards military power is actually slow, downplaying expectations for the European Union’s president starting January 1. ..
It is Mr. Blinken’s very personal mission to persuade the French government to break away from the diplomatic controversy that Paris has recalled Washington’s ambassador. He regarded Le Dorian as a friend and suffered accusations that the United States had betrayed France for not warning Paris about to hit from a submarine deal.
No one lost that Mr. Blinken made Paris his first foreign destination in the aftermath. That means he needs to double the nation for a meeting in Mexico later this week.
Blinken also spoke with Macron at an unscheduled meeting on Tuesday morning. A senior State Department official who briefed a journalist traveling with Mr. Blinken on condition of anonymity later described the interaction with French leaders as heartfelt and “concrete actions” to correct the rupture. Intended to identify. These efforts will be discussed more broadly later this month at a meeting between Mr. Biden and Mr. Macron at a gathering of world leaders in Europe.
High-ranking European officials speaking at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development meeting seemed to be ahead. The submarine trading drama was not mentioned in public comments at a forum a few miles from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the group’s founding in 38 countries.
Instead, authorities focused on the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus and climate change — and how both exacerbated financial inequities around the world. Brinken did not mention the Chinese name in his speech at the forum, but because Beijing has been accused, he said, “to prevent it from being used to suppress or target ethnic minority communities.” Challenges for rule formation of new technology ”was quoted. Of what to do.
“This organization and the central principles of our democracy are challenged by authoritarian governments who claim that their models are good at meeting people’s basic needs,” Blinken said. I did. “Some of these same governments have been actively working for generations to undermine the rule-based order that underlies our security and prosperity.”
“The stakes couldn’t be higher anymore,” he said.
Blinken is based on his stewardship …