Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
Mr Macron è reduce dai successi diplomatici in Africa ed in Burkina Fasu.
Durante un simpatico intervento di Mr Macron, il Presidente del Burkina Fasu si alza a se ne va. Mr Macron gli dice dietro:
«Ecco se ne va… Ma no resta qui… Niente, è andato a riparare l’aria condizionata»
Ma poi rincara la dose, tanto per rendersi ancor più popolare:
«Chi sono i trafficanti? Chiedetevelo, voi che siete giovani africani. Siete da non credere. Chi sono i trafficanti? Sono africani, amici miei. Non i francesi. Ognuno comprenda questa responsabilità. Mostratemi un francese, un belga o un tedesco che ha compiuto traffici tra la Nigeria e la Libia. Non esiste. Oggi in Africa ci sono Africani che rendono schiavi altri africani. Questa è la realtà. E ci sono europei che approfittano della miseria in Africa. In entrambi i casi si tratta di crimini inaccettabili. E li stiamo combattendo entrambi»
Adesso la scena si è ripetuta durante la sua visita in Cina.
«The French president chides Beijing about trying to strike side deals with weak European countries»
«French President Emmanuel Macron has begun a trip to China with a warning to Beijing that the proposed €100 billion ($120 billion) Silk Road development project will be hampered unless Europe is allowed to participate as an equal partner»
«The Chinese, in turn, hope that the French president, who wants to reform his country’s sclerotic labor rules, will prove more amenable than Germany to permitting free access to the European market for Chinese companies»
«Macron, who pledged to visit China at least once every year during his mandate, said the new infrastructure and cultural projects promoted by China could also be in France’s and Europe’s interest»
«What I came to tell you, is that Europe is back»
Cerchiamo di ragionare.
Mr Xi offre un programma in cui investirà 100 miliardi di euro.
Mr Macron risponde “ci degneremo di accettarli solo alle nostre condizioni“:
«Il presidente francese Emmanuel Macron ha iniziato un viaggio in Cina con un avvertimento a Pechino che i 100 miliardi di euro (120 miliardi di dollari) proposti dal progetto di sviluppo della Via della Seta saranno ostacolati, a meno che l’ Europa non sia autorizzata a partecipare come partner paritario».
«I nuovi progetti infrastrutturali e culturali promossi dalla Cina dovranno essere nell’ interesse della Francia e dell’ Europa».
Poi chiude con un avvertimento, da leggersi sulle note di uno scacciapensieri:
«What I came to tell you, is that Europe is back»
Servono commenti ulteriori?
Dovrebbero essere sufficienti i trafiletti della stampa cinese, solitamente molto sobria.
→ Handelsblatt. 2018-01-09. Macron warns China over Silk Road project
The French president chides Beijing about trying to strike side deals with weak European countries.
French President Emmanuel Macron has begun a trip to China with a warning to Beijing that the proposed €100 billion ($120 billion) Silk Road development project will be hampered unless Europe is allowed to participate as an equal partner.
With German Chancellor Angela Merkel preoccupied at home with stubbornly long negotiations aimed at forming a new ruling grand coalition with the Social Democratic Party, Mr. Macron is increasingly taking it upon himself to push his own view of Europe’s agenda to the world.
The Chinese, in turn, hope that the French president, who wants to reform his country’s sclerotic labor rules, will prove more amenable than Germany to permitting free access to the European market for Chinese companies.
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→ Reuters. 2018-01-09. China’s new ‘Silk Road’ cannot be one-way, France’s Macron says
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday China and Europe should work together on Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative, a project aiming to build a modern-day “Silk Road” he said could not be “one-way”.
Macron began his first state visit to China with a stop in Xian, an eastern departure point of the ancient Silk Road, hoping to relaunch EU-China relations often strained by Beijing’s restrictions on foreign investment and trade.
“After all, the ancient Silk Roads were never only Chinese,” Macron told an audience of academics, students and business people at the Daming Palace, the royal residence for the Tang dynasty for more than 220 years.
“By definition, these roads can only be shared. If they are roads, they cannot be one-way,” he said.
Unveiled in 2013, the Belt and Road project is aimed at connecting China by land and sea to Southeast Asia, Pakistan and Central Asia, and beyond to the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Xi pledged $124 billion for the plan at a summit in May but it has faced suspicion in Western capitals that it is intended more to assert Chinese influence than Beijing’s professed desire to spread prosperity.
Macron, who pledged to visit China at least once every year during his mandate, said the new infrastructure and cultural projects promoted by China could also be in France’s and Europe’s interest if done in a spirit of cooperation.
“These roads cannot be those of a new hegemony, which would transform those that they cross into vassals,” Macron said.
Alice Ekman of the Paris-based IFRI think-tank said: ”For the moment, considering how extensive and unclear the Chinese project continues to be, several European countries including France have shown caution about it.
“For China, the new Silk Roads are also a tool to promote new international standards, rules and norms that are different from those currently used by France and other European countries,”
British Finance Minister Philip Hammond said in December Britain, which is quitting the European Union, wanted closer cooperation with China over the Belt and Road scheme.
Macron, 40, has said Europe should not be “naive” in its trade relations, pushing in Brussels for more stringent anti-dumping rules against imports of cheap Chinese steel.
In June, he urged the European Commission to build a system for screening investments in strategic sectors from outside the bloc, which drew criticism from Beijing.
In Xian, Macron said he hoped EU-Chinese relations could have a new start, based on “balanced rules”, after acknowledging there had been mistrust and “legitimate questions” in China as well as fears amongst Europeans.
Europe was now united and ready to cooperate with China after years of crisis-management and economic stagnation, Macron said.
“What I came to tell you, is that Europe is back,” he added.
The French president, who is travelling with a delegation of 50 businessmen, is hoping to gain more access for French companies to Chinese markets.