the agreements with China are expensive – Libero Quotidiano

Carlo Nicolato

September 17, 2021

The “contract of the century”, as they had called it. It would have been worth some 56 billion euros to France and 12 diesel-electric powered submarines to Australia built by the French Naval Group. Macron had personally committed himself to the successful conclusion of the negotiations, ensuring a “full and complete” commitment until June. But Canberra eventually withdrew, for a “free and open Indo-Pacific” preferred to sign an agreement with the US and Great Britain called “Aukus” whose main step will be the supply of nuclear-powered submarines. Ultimately, to face the Chinese threat, Australia has chosen to rely on Washington and London rather than on a weak and wavering Europe, compromised in heavily dependent relations with Beijing despite the not very credible proclamations of Von der Leyen. The Franco-Australian contract should have been one of the pillars of the new EU strategic plan for the Indo-Pacific presented absurdly yesterday by a displaced Josep Borrell (High Representative for Foreign Policy), finally forced to recognize that Europe must “Carry out a reflection on its strategic autonomy”. Moreover, Britain has already achieved autonomy from the moment it said goodbye to Brussels: it is no coincidence that the coup de grace to the French contract came from Boris Johnson.

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