Macron to pitch greater EU role in Indo-Pacific after AUKUS crisis

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PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron will tell his European peers the AUKUS crisis could be an opportunity to make the case to the United States that the European Union can play a strategic role in the Indo-Pacific, French officials said on Monday. Australia’s decision to cancel a big submarine contract with France and go for U.S.-designed vessels instead as part of a new security alliance with Washington and Britain to counter China has riled France and caused tension between Western allies. “We could turn a blind eye and act as if nothing had happened. We think that would be a …

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