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China’s Hu Jintao to visit France

Published on 15/01/2004

PARIS, Jan 15 (AFP) - Chinese President Hu Jintao will make a state visit to France from January 26 to 29 as Paris and Beijing mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, the Elysee said Thursday.

Hu will meet on January 26 with his French counterpart Jacques Chirac for talks followed by a state dinner. He will address French lawmakers in the National Assembly, probably the following day, parliamentary officials said.

Hu, who visited the French spa town of Evian in June 2003 for talks on the sidelines of the Group of Eight summit, will be making his first state visit to France since taking office in March last year.

The Chinese president will pay state visits to Egypt, Gabon and Algeria following his stay in France. He is due to return to China on February 4.


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