French and Chinese officials, Daniel Verwaerde and Wang Yiren, sign a bilateral atomic energy agreement in Paris in July, 2015 (photo: dpa)

Partnership with China may be risky attraction for France

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 seeking hegemony.

In the half-century since President Charles de Gaulle (1959-1969) established diplomatic relations with Beijing, France and China have enjoyed a special connection. Both countries had an interest in escaping from the bipolar model of international relations, epitomised by the Cold War rivalry between the United ...

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Dr. Emmanuel Martin
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