The French government arranged three high level meetings with the Chinese leaders in an attempt to soothe tensions and to ward off declining bilateral relationship between the two countries. Former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, has met up with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to discuss ways to repair ruptured relations, which will not be in the common interest of both countries, if the current situation persists. Former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said Friday his country wanted to be the best friend of
Raffarin told the media that
A few days ago, the French Senate President, Poncelet, met up with the Chinese President to convey a comforting message from the French President over the diplomatic tensions arising from the thousand of anti-France protesters held outside the many
The French President’s diplomatic advisor Jean-David Levitte is expected in
The three political meetings and the fast reactions of the Federal government indicated that they were serious in restoring the troubled Sino-France relations back to its normal level following the tensions created by the disruptions of the torch run in
On the Chinese side, the Commerce Ministry has cautioned against a boycott of Carrefour, a strong employer which hires 40,000 Chinese workers and obtained 95 percent of the hypermarket goods from
The French rush to mend ties with
Yes, the French government is giving in to commercial interests and I think the French President’s emergency actions are pragmatic given the current political and social environment. In the aftermath of this unexpected event, the French President is now smarter as he wanted to secure a general consensus from other European partners in the European Union concerning the boycotting of the opening ceremony of the Summer Games in August. At least this time around, he would not be left alone. Many EU countries are not in favor of a boycott of the Games, which will not serve its purpose. I am keen to know what will be the German government stance on this matter. On the whole, the signals coming from
I am very certain the Chinese Foreign Ministry do have a proper mechanism to monitor whether any foreign government actions are helpful towards improving bilateral relationship. And I can bet you that Chinese people do sincerely want to develop good relationship and create cultural bonds with all countries throughout the world. But respect must be earned and every loyal Chinese do not like outsiders or foreigners to impose its civil values on them or worse still, using such pretences as a way to interfere in the affairs of an independent and sovereign country.
China has already admitted that its human rights is far from ideal and it has already agreed to engage in specially held dialogues with the US and other European countries to address these issues, separately from the Olympics Games. The Olympics is a world sporting event and it should not be used for political reasons like the independence of
IOC President in an interview with a British daily commented that we owe
I agree with the many pragmatic China’s specialists that China will have more political freedom in the future but it will be at its own time frame and not by any Western’s expectation that China can be changed to a society based on a one-vote system with democratic based values just by hosting the prestigious world sporting gala.