Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France raises a glass to tourism

Read more

FOCUS

France's newest political party accused of 'old' methods

Read more

#THE 51%

Hear me roar: The growing economic power of older women

Read more

#TECH 24

The future of surgery

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

The tiny parasite threatening your salmon sushi

Read more

ENCORE!

Director Joachim Trier: True horror is a 'lack of self-acceptance'

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

France's Vézère Valley, a slice of prehistoric life

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US House of Representatives passes tax reform bill

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

President Mugabe meets with regional envoys and army chief

Read more

Asia-pacific

Sarkozy in China to discuss global monetary policy

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-03-30

French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in China Wednesday for a meeting on monetary policy in the G20 – France currently holds the rotating presidency – before heading to Japan in a show of solidarity with the crisis-hit country.

AFP – French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in China on Wednesday at the start of an Asian mini-tour that will include a G20 seminar on the world monetary system and a stop in disaster-struck Japan.
              
The French leader landed in Beijing at 3:00 pm (0700 GMT) and was later due to hold a working dinner with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
              
Aides to Sarkozy said those talks would touch on key bilateral concerns but also hot-button global issues -- notably the coalition military campaign against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, backed by Paris but opposed by Beijing.
              
Following his meetings with Hu, the French leader will head to the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, where on Thursday he will open a meeting of finance ministers and central bankers from G20 nations on global monetary reform.
              
France currently holds the rotating presidency of the Group of 20 leading economies.
              
The meeting -- which comes as the global recovery faces major challenges such as Japan's quake-tsunami disaster and the ongoing eurozone debt woes -- aims to hone in on key ways to reform the monetary system.
              
The day will feature closed-door group sessions and a keynote speech from International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
              
At a meeting in Paris in February, the G20 agreed to a set of indicators to measure economic imbalances between surplus exporters such as China and nations with structural deficits such as the United States.
              
After Sarkozy delivers the opening speech, he will head to Tokyo in a show of solidarity from France and both the G8 and G20 after the March 11 disaster, which has left nearly 11,000 confirmed dead and sparked a nuclear crisis.
              
The French leader will meet Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan before heading home.

 

Date created : 2011-03-30

  • G20 SUMMIT

    G20 agrees deal on gauging economic disparities

    Read more

  • G20 SUMMIT

    Pressure on China to strike deal on economic yardsticks

    Read more

  • France

    Sarkozy spells out ambitious G20 agenda focusing on commodities prices

    Read more

COMMENT(S)