The tone of the new "Great Game" now afoot in the Indo-Pacific, was set in a meeting between the Americans and Chinese on March 18 and 19.
At about the same time as the Americans, but acting separately, Europe also sanctioned Chinese officials at the end of March. As we know, this aroused an extraordinarily strong reaction from Beijing, affecting officials, institutes and researchers across Europe, including in France. The Chinese response was certainly disproportionate. The intention was certainly to show that when it comes to sanctions China can be the master of escalation.