Chinese Foreign Trade Minister Li Chiang held talks with French Prime Minister Raymond Barre in Paris on Monday (12 December).
Chinese Foreign Trade Minister Li Chiang held talks with French Prime Minister Raymond Barre in Paris on Monday (12 December). They agreed to make every effort to boost trade between their two countries. According to Reuters News Agency, which quoted officials in Paris, French sales to China could include aircraft and nuclear energy plants.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting took place at the Elysee Palace.
It came at the end of a 10-day tour by Mr. Li of France's major industrial installations, and after a series of working sessions with the French Minister for Foreign Trade, Mr. Andre Rossi. Before going to France, Mr. Li had headed a similar top level trade mission to Britain.
Prime Minister Barre is due to visit Peking from January the 19th to the 24th and the French are hoping to clinch several sizeable deals with China. This year French exports have been down after reaching a record peak.
According to Reuters, officials say the Chinese are particularly interested in the 250-seat European airbus, as well as in Transall military transport planes and Puma helicopters.
This year there have been several diplomatic exchanges between France and Peking. Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua visited France in October and during the year 10 French trade delegations have been to China.