Friday, May 22, 2015   

An awakened China is peaceful and civilized, Xi assures French hosts
(03-28 10:41)

After a day devoted to multi-billion-dollar business deals, President Xi Jinping (Pictured) trained his sights on culture and history on the last day of his lavish visit to France.
Yet business was still the talk of the day at an economic forum on the margins of the three-day state visit, as French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici called for more Chinese investment in France in a bid to boost jobs and growth.
“Today, the lion has woken up, and it is peaceful, pleasant and civilized,'' Xi said in a final speech after a trip to the UNESCO headquarters, referring to Napoleon's description of China as a sleeping lion.
French authorities have bent over backwards to woo Xi, giving the Chinese president and his wife Peng Liyuan VIP treatment as the power couple visit France on the 50th anniversary of full diplomatic ties between the two countries.
“Your visit today marks, 50 years on, the beginning of a new cycle,'' in Franco-Chinese relations, said Hollande.
Road blocks slowed traffic in parts of the French capital and transport authorities closed many subway stations Thursday to avoid any security slips or unwelcome protests against China's much-decried human rights record.—AFP
   
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