By China Watcher
I am pleased to note that the Chinese Premier has openly asked France to make a stand on Tibet.
If the French intends to hide under a hypocritical veil of expressing support for the Dalai Lama on one hand and, also saying it insincerely, that it wanted to develop a strategic partnership with China, it is clearly not acceptable.
The Paris Municipal Council hanging of a Tibetan flag at the City Hall is a clear disrespect to all Han Chinese throughout the world.
Relations between China and France nosedived after French President Nicolas Sarkozy met Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Poland in December.
The French must be brave enough to choose side and not try to be a “two-faced” poker like most Western nations.
If the France choose to side with the Dalai Lama, then it is good for the Chinese to start relegating the embassy status to a consulate and in future, to sever all ties with the French. Looking at the state of development, there is a high possibility that it is moving towards that direction.
On a bigger picture, the interest with the European Union will also be affected.
If that is the way, then let it be. China can survive without France.