European leaders increasingly look to China as global partner over U.S.
Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with Xi Jinping following a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri/Pool via AP
When French President Emmanuel Macron wants to take European concerns to the world stage — climate, trade, Iran — he no longer calls Washington. He flies to Beijing, the AP reports.
Why it matters: Macron's visit to China this week suggests that the U.S. risks being sidelined on the global stage. One moment spoke volumes: Chinese President Xi Jinping sampled French wines, which the Trump administration recently slapped with heavy tariffs.