To gauge France’s South China Sea intentions, look at what it does, not what it does not say

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As he scrambled to help French businesses win lucrative contracts and protect the European Union’s commercial interests ahead of a possible solution to the trade war between China and the United States, President Emmanuel Macron of France was careful not to publicly raise objections to Chinese policy in the South China Sea during his recent trip to Shanghai and Beijing.

Unsurprisingly, a French declaration released at the end of Macron’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on November 6…

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