France and China have signed new economic, cultural and technological co-operation agreements which were expected to broaden the scope of relations between them for the next twenty years.
France and China have signed new economic, cultural and technological co-operation agreements which were expected to broaden the scope of relations between them for the next twenty years. Ministers from the two countries signed the documents in Paris, watched by Chinese Chairman Hua Guofeng who is touring Europe, and President Giscard d'Estaing. Chairman Hua earlier unveiled a plaque in memory of a former Chinese leader who was once a resident of Paris.
SYNOPSIS: On his third day in France Chairman Hua's itinerary included a number of ceremonial and sightseeing visits. Here in a back street of Paris former Chinese leader Chou Enlai lived in the 1920s, while he had a job working in the Renault car factory. President Giscard d'Estaing spoke about Chou Enlai's political background.
President Giscard said that when Chou Enlai came to Paris sixty years ago he had a strong interest in the French Revolution. Chou Enlai carried on activities that were to have a strong influence on the Chinese Revolution, which President Giscard said was partly inspired by his knowledge of French history.
Chairman Hua, when he unveiled the plaque in memory of Chou Enlai, said the former Chinese leader and his comrades in arms made a major contribution to the Chinese revolutionary movement. Chou Enlai lived until 1976. His early years in paris are considered to have been influential in his political development.
Chairman Hua was treated to a special tour of the historical buildings of Versailles. There he showed considerable interest in the elaborate architecture of a past age. It was in similarly splendid surroundings, in the Elysee Presidential Palace, that on the same day (17 October) he witnessed with President Giscard the signing of the co-operation agreements between the two countries.
The two leaders discussed Kampuchea, which as Cambodia, was once part of French Indo-China. After their two-hour meeting, a French Presidential spokesman said the talks had been cordial and constructive. A close identity of views was found on world problems.
Mr Hua was later quoted as saying the relations that exist between France and China constitute an important influence for world peace, and that many things are possible right up to the year 2000 under the new co-operation agreements. Mr Hua promised to boost trade between the two countries. He leaves for West Germany on Sunday (October 21), and then visits Britain and Italy.