The Chinese Deputy Premier, Mr. Teng Hsiao-ping, arrived at Orly Airport, near Paris, on Monday?
The Chinese Deputy Premier, Mr. Teng Hsiao-ping, arrived at Orly Airport, near Paris, on Monday (12 May) for a six-day official visit. Mr. Teng, who is rated the third most influential man in the Chinese Government, is the most senior leader from Peking to visit western Europe since the People's Republic was founded in 1949. Political experts believe he may be the most likely contender to succeed Chairman Mao Tse-tung, when Mao dies.
Shortly after his arrival, Mr. Teng had his first round of talks with the French Prime Minister, M. Jacques Chirac. Afterwards, M. Chirac announced that France and China had agreed to hold regular political consultations at foreign minister level.
M. Chirac told newsmen that during his two-and-a-half hour meeting with Mr. Teng, they had also agreed to develop their two countries' trade relations in a more effective way.
French officials said later that they had also discussed World problems, including the situation in Europe, Indochina and Asia as a whole. Mr. Teng told the waiting newsmen that China and France shared opinions on the situation in Indochina.
"In any case" he said, "we have found no divergences on this issue".
Mr. Teng, who is due to meet President Valery Giscard d'Estaing on Tuesday (13 May), said his discussion with M. Chirac had dealt at some length with the construction on Europe.