President Emmanuel Macron on Friday referred to as for an finish to “confrontation” as he outlined his imaginative and prescient for France’s engagement within the Asia-Pacific area.
Macron is attending the 21-strong Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok as he seeks to relaunch France’s technique for the area within the face of rising competitors between the US and China.
France needs to play a stabilizing position within the area to keep away from confrontation, the French president instructed a gathering of enterprise leaders on the sidelines of the summit.
“We do not consider in hegemony, we do not consider in confrontation, we consider in stability,” Macron mentioned.
He mentioned regional powers together with France – which has abroad territories within the Indian and Pacific Oceans, together with Reunion, New Caledonia and French Polynesia – ought to play a task.
“We’re within the jungle and we have now two huge elephants making an attempt to get increasingly nervous,” Macron mentioned in his speech, which he gave in English.
“In the event that they get actually nervous and begin combating, it will likely be a giant drawback for the remainder of the jungle. You want the cooperation of many different animals: tigers, monkeys and so forth.”
Macron mentioned the worldwide group confronted overlapping crises, from local weather change to financial turmoil, and a coordinated response was wanted.
“Our Indo-Pacific technique is how we’re going to present dynamic stability on this setting,” he mentioned.
“The best way to present precisely a sort of stability and equilibrium that can’t be the hegemony of certainly one of these, can’t be the confrontation between the 2 nice powers.”
On Russia’s warfare in Ukraine, which he recognized as a serious supply of world instability, he mentioned all international locations in Asia and elsewhere should acknowledge their obligation to behave.
France was working to create “an growing consensus to say that this warfare can be your drawback as a result of it’s going to create plenty of destabilization,” Macron mentioned.