Today’s EU-China summit, set to take place in Prague, was initially postponed from last December. China delayed the summit at the time in order to protest against French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s agreement to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The press seems skeptical, and the Financial Times today refers to the summit as an ‘empty diplomatic process.’ The not-so-subtle suggestion is that the EU expends more energy getting China to show up at these events than it does achieving substantial diplomatic progress.
Although there may be a certain degree of legitimacy to these allegations, you have to admit; some talk is better than no talk. Let’s wait until the summit is over before we call it a waste of time.