Chirac to make the rounds of Chinese partners

17th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 17, 2006 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac is to make a four-day official visit to China late this month, for talks with his counterpart Hu Jinatoa and a tour of three key cities, his office said Tuesday.

PARIS, Oct 17, 2006 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac is to make a four-day official visit to China late this month, for talks with his counterpart Hu Jinatoa and a tour of three key cities, his office said Tuesday.

During the October 25-28 trip Chirac, who last visited the country in late 2004, will discuss with Chinese leaders ways of stepping up strategic partnerships with France, especially in the fields of energy and aeronautics.

The French and Chinese leaders will also discuss international and regional issues, including the repercussions of North Korea's announced nuclear test.

Chirac, who last visited the country in 2004, announced plans for the trip in July following talks with Hu on the sidelines of a Group of Eight summit in Saint Petersburg.

He will arrive in Beijing, continuing to the central industrial hub of Wuhan, a city of 7.8 million inhabitants and home to the largest Chinese plant of French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen.

Chirac will wrap up his trip in the ancient city of Xian, the largest in northwest China and home to the country's famed terracotta warriors.

Since the 1970s, thousands of life-size warriors have been found guarding the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shihuang, who died in the late 3rd century BC.

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