China's Hu in state visit to France next month: officials
President Hu Jintao of China will make a state visit to France between November 4 and 6 and hold talks with his counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy, diplomatic officials in Paris said Monday.
Ties between China and France had been tense in recent years following a number of diplomatic incidents, but Sarkozy visited Beijing in April to "turn a new page" and the countries now talk of enjoying a "global partnership."
France sees China as a huge potential market for its engineering expertise, and Sarkozy is particularly keen to maintain warm relations with Beijing as he prepares to take the chairmanship of the G20 group of powers.
© 2010 AFP