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China’s President Xi Jinping is increasingly criticized
for centralizing control and using nationalism to mobilize citizens, but these
throwbacks to autocratic rule do not outweigh his accomplishments. He has
launched a number of major policy initiatives and maintained systemic stability
in China during a difficult juncture, as its economy copes with slowing growth.
China’s interest in closer relations with France presents an impressive array of opportunities and risks. Economically, China’s hunger for technology and resources and France’s need for cash and markets make for a good fit between the partners. Yet Paris must weigh the benefits of Realpolitik against the dangers of strengthening a global competitor who may be seeki...
Dr. Emmanuel Martin