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YASMINE GATEAU

RÃ © cit. The question is unsettling. "Harold, are we friends or almost friends? AT" What can this 1 answerst March 2018 my colleague from World, Harold Thibault, came to present me to the press attaché of the Chinese Embassy in Paris? In fact, the answer will come from the Chinese themselves. The world, already banned in China in 2014 because of the publication of the "China Leaks", must be again "punished". We indeed had the audacity to reveal, in January 2018, that China was not content to finance the construction of the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa. She urged the genitals to install the computer hardware herself. With this consequence, not insignificant: thanks to Huawei, all the data leave Ethiopia at night, towards the servers of Shanghaï.

Another consequence: I am forbidden to take my post as correspondent in Beijing. It will take the intervention of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's cabinet, and the blocking by France of three visa applications from Chinese journalists for that after seven months of waiting, The world can send a new correspondent on the spot in autumn 2018.

A time taken to try to fill my "encyclopedic inculture" on China by shamelessly exploiting the knowledge of the best French specialists: Jean-Philippe Bà © ja, Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Mathieu Duchatel, Alice Ekmann, François Godement, Marie Holzman, Jean-François Huchet, Geneviève Imbot-Bichet, Claude Martin, Sebastian Vegâ € | These lovers (often disappointed) of China whose Today's contribution is so precious. Thank you for that.

"It's better to leave my Mao's painting close to relatives, in fact a picture of his face carved with nails. Chinese customs officials may not like it. "

The punishment ends on September 27, 2018. It is official: a one-year visa is granted (in fact, eleven months and one week). Less than twelve hours later, a real estate agent in Beijing, who had not given any sign of life since May, recalls my fond memories of Wechat, the Chinese social network: "Hi Frederic, how are you? Have you got your visa to China? "Are you going to China? It's great. It's really the most exciting post in the coming years. AT" My colleagues do not need to convince me. Such is – and remains – my opinion.

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