Sarkozy and Hu bury hatchet in Beijing talks

France and China on Wednesday pledged to draw a line under past tensions over Tibet and breathe new life into their relationship by working together on issues from Iran to global monetary policy.

Updated: Apr 29, 2010, 00:09 AM IST

Beijing: France and China on Wednesday pledged to
draw a line under past tensions over Tibet and breathe new
life into their relationship by working together on issues
from Iran to global monetary policy.

President Nicolas Sarkozy and his host Hu Jintao made the
comments following talks in Beijing that signalled they had
moved past the Tibet row, which peaked when Sarkozy met the
Dalai Lama, Tibet`s exiled spiritual leader, in 2008.
In a joint appearance before the media after their
meeting, Hu said Sarkozy`s second state visit to China had
"opened a new page" in their relations.

"We should hold close consultations and strengthen
political coordination on the reform of the international
monetary system", climate change and other major issues, state
television quoted Hu saying in their closed-door talks.
The French leader told journalists the pair had held
"in-depth discussions about the Iranian crisis and the G20"
and also said the two sides would work together on global
monetary reform.

The West has sought Chinese support for tough action on
Tehran over its nuclear programme, which some suspect is a
cover to develop atomic weapons, and the issue was expected to
be high on Sarkozy`s agenda.

PTI