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Sarkozy to invite China's Hu Jintao to France

Latest update : 2009-04-20

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will invite his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao to France, a top offical in Paris has announced. The two nations vowed to put a bitter row over the Dalai Lama behind them at a G20 meeting three weeks ago.

AFP - French President Nicolas Sarkozy will invite his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao to France, a top official said Monday, three weeks after the two nations resolved a bitter row over the Dalai Lama.

An invitation letter was expected to be handed over during the ongoing visit of Bernard Accoyer, president of the National Assembly in Paris, China's parliamentary head Wu Bangguo told journalists.

"I believe Hu Jintao will be happy to visit France," Wu said without naming a date.

 

"The development of relations with France is a firm policy," said Wu, who also serves as the second most powerful man in China's ruling Communist Party.

 

Accoyer is the first high-ranking French official to visit Beijing since a bitter row erupted four months ago when Sarkozy angered Chinese leaders by meeting the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

 

China views the Dalai Lama as a separatist trying to establish an independent Tibet, charges the spiritual leader denies. Beijing opposes all meetings between the Dalai Lama and leaders from other nations.

In a meeting between Sarkozy and Hu on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in London earlier this month, the two nations agreed to put the disagreement behind them and work for better relations.

Date created : 2009-04-20

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