Parly said on Twitter that the patrol of the SNA Emeraude nuclear attack submarine is “outstanding evidence” that the French Navy is capable of long-term operations in remote places, together with its combat partners. Australian, Japanese and American strategies.
Posts of China Daily said that France is not like the United States, because there are no bilateral defense treaties or military bases in the region, so that Paris is trying to please Washington by supporting the Quartet, an informal military alliance Australia, India, Japan, and the US in response to China’s growing power.
Still owning several islands in the South Pacific, France has recently identified China as a competitor because Beijing is increasing its investment in the region. That may be one of the reasons why Paris wants to move closer to the Quartet.
China Daily Another motive may be that France wants to compete “friendly” with Britain. He recently sent an aircraft carrier to the South China Sea and intends to participate in naval exercises with Japan and the US.
Follow China Daily, by sending weapons to the South China Sea, Great Britain and France are “contributing to US attempts to fight China”.
China has unreasonable claims across most of the South China Sea, which have been rejected by the US, Asian countries and Europe with a series of notes sent to the United Nations.
According to analysts, the French sending of submarines to the South China Sea was intended to assert its position that it had an interest in this area. In 2019, the French Ministry of Defense released its policy report “France and Security in the Indo-Pacific”, emphasizing that 1.5 million French citizens are living in the area extending from Djibouti in the Horn of Europe. Africa came to French Polynesian territory in the South Pacific. That means Paris considers the Indo-Pacific stretching from the Gulf of Aden as far as Australia.
But the South China Sea is not mentioned in the report. “From the legal point of view, the French Navy operating in these waters is completely acceptable because they are operating globally”, France24 quoted researcher Antoine Bondaz, working at the Institute of Strategic Studies. France and an expert in Asia.
Theo China Daily, France24
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