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Taiwan: Jean-Luc Mélenchon defends his position despite criticism – Le Monde

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Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of La France insoumise, during a press conference, June 15, 2022, in Paris. SARAH MEYSSONNIER / REUTERS The leader of La France insoumise (LFI), Jean-Luc Mélenchon, criticized on the left for having described Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as a “provocation”, maintained and renewed his remarks, Saturday August 6, reaffirming that “there is no [avait] only one China”. In a blog post on Thursday, he said, in the midst of high tensions between Beijing and Taipei, that “the Chinese will solve the problem between them”. In a new post on Saturday, he says he is “spooked” by the “very strange reactions” and the “cries of outrage” of his critics, while “we must not want a new war front”. “What kind of fear reigns over the debate? Where is the active president of Franco-Chinese friendships, Mr. Raffarin? And the signatories of the UMP’s cooperation agreement with the Chinese Communist Party? And Fabien Roussel [secrétaire national du PCF], after his recent friendship trip to China? The smugness of the former and the frightened caution of the latter dismay me. “Read also: Mélenchon takes up Beijing’s position on Taiwan and divides the left Demand for a “non-aligned” France And to reiterate his arguments: “I have only repeated the constant doctrine of our country (France, let us recall -le) since 1965 about China. (…) There is only one China”, “this is also regulated by the international agreements accepted by our country and the members of the UN”, and: “China and the USA undertake to respect the sovereignty and territorial unity of the other”. He also underlines “the super cold reception received since his provocation by Ms. Nancy Pelosi in Tokyo and Seoul”. The former presidential candidate wonders if his critics “think that millennial China will bow to their posturing”, and points to a risk of seeing Beijing “enter into closer convergence with Russia” while that would form “a more homogeneous bloc between the USA and Europe ‘whatever the cost’ in terms of enslavement and the risk of war”. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers Nancy Pelosi freshly received in Tokyo and Seoul, embarrassed by the consequences of her visit to Taiwan “Macron’s France has given up playing a role in this world part”, he also laments, by advocating a “non-alignment” of Paris, at the heart of its vision of international relations. While the Chinese Embassy in France thanked him in a tweet, Jean-Luc Mélenchon defends himself by republishing a sentence from his previous post: “Whatever the extent and level of criticism that may be leveled at the government Chinese, we must refuse to condone war on China to satisfy US views on Taiwan. Dissensions within the Nupes Within the left alliance Nupes, the national secretary of Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV), Julien Bayou, had denounced Friday “a rather dated vision” and “a real cynicism in matters of geopolitics” on the part of Mr. Mélenchon, while the head of the Socialist Party (PS), Olivier Faure, judged that if “the advisability of Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan [était] debatable, the desire of the Taiwanese to live in a democracy is not. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers The impossible retirement of Jean-Luc Mélenchon The episode confirms that, united in July and August during the votes in Parliament on purchasing power measures, the members of Nupes are not not on diplomatic files, as they had also recorded in the agreement sealing their alliance in May before the June legislative elections. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February had already highlighted the differences of opinion between environmentalists demanding arms deliveries to the Ukrainians or “rebellious” defending a “non-alignment” with Russia or the United States. . On Tuesday, the dissensions were reflected in the vote of the National Assembly for the ratification of the protocols of accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO in the context of the war in Ukraine: the PS and ecologist deputies voted for , the LFI deputies against. “Opposing visions of the world”, noted the PS MEP / Public Square Raphaël Glucksmann, who castigates that embodied by Jean-Luc Mélenchon whose “anti-Americanism” is “erected as a compass” and “leads to espouse the cause of tyrants “. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers The unity of the Nupes to the test of the vote on purchasing power: “We all say the same thing with different music” France “sticks to its policy of ‘a single China’ The exit of the ‘rebellious’ leader is also proving to be godsend for the dissident socialists who had refused to see the PS join forces with LFI in Nupes. La Nupes is “an alliance of opportunism without line! “, points the finger at the PS mayor of Le Mans, Stéphane Le Foll, judging “healthy” the “debate” opened by Mr. Mélenchon, because it is an opportunity for the left to “remain internationalist, European, and above all not no aligned” as LFI advocates. In the presidential majority, the LRM / Renaissance MEP, Nathalie Loiseau, denounces the “scandalous” positions taken by Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “The policy of one China is that of all, no one disputes it”, but “it is not, but not at all, what your leader wrote”, she launched on Twitter to Manuel Bompard, right arm of Mr. Mélenchon. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers Faced with the Chinese military threat, Taiwan chooses asymmetric warfare France confirmed Thursday through the voice of its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, that it “sticks to its one-China policy”, while emphasizing that “the visit of the President or the Speaker of the American House of Representatives is not without precedent” to Taiwan, and that “in any case”, it “must not be used as a pretext for China to escalate measures that would increase tension”. The World with AFP

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