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China warms ties with Europe

16:06, April 29, 2010      

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Feng ZhongpingHigh-level visits pave way to clear misunderstandings about a developing China but more exchanges are needed

Separate missions by leaders of France and Germany to China this week are expected to bring China-Europe relations to a new stage of development, following a chilly period.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's three-day visit, which started on Wednesday, will help amend damaged ties with China, following the disruption of the Beijing Olympic torch relay in Paris in 2008 and Sarkozy's meeting with the Dalai Lama in defiance of Beijing's opposition.

The official visit by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton marks the first visit by a high-profile EU delegation since the election of its new commission members last year.

Economic and trade cooperation will still dominate bilateral relations between China and France. China's ongoing campaign for economic restructuring and its unremitting efforts to develop a green, low-carbon and sustainable economy will further expand channels for cooperation with France, which is now struggling to recover from the impact of the most serious financial and economic crises after the end of World War II.

Enormous changes that occurred on the international stage have pushed Sino-French relations beyond the bilateral scope.

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