The coronavirus has catalyzed European concern over Chinese government actions in Hong Kong, the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, military incursions into the South China Sea and political interference.
Penot warned in June that international standards were increasingly called into question and that this deconstruction “will likely accelerate with the current COVID crisis.”
“France and Australia have a particular responsibility here to ensure that the post-COVID world does not get worse and, if possible, that it becomes better than the world before,” he said. .
“It doesn’t take Kissinger to see the building blocks of a global confrontation take shape here in Asia,” she said.
“History is filled with great competition for power. The slowly assembled parts of a tragedy don’t mean tragedy is inevitable, but pretending to ignore what’s looming doesn’t help. “
France is the last European power to change its vision of China and the region. In September, Germany, Europe’s largest economy, which has long enjoyed close ties with Beijing, released its first Indo-Pacific strategy focused on increasing diplomatic pressure on China.
“We want to help shape [the global order] so that it is based on rules and international cooperation, and not on the law of the strong, ”said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
Eryk Bagshaw is the China correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Due to travel restrictions, he is currently based in Canberra.