Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Royal calls for strong Sino-French relations

In China on the final day of her visit, French Socialist candidate Segolene Royal called for stronger relations between France and the People's Republic of China. "

"If I am elected, it is one of the first countries where I will return because the stakes are completely considerable for the emergence of the economic co-operations. China is to some extent our new border, it is necessary to overcome fears, to control universalization, to impose common rules and to defend a new form of development. (...) From the economic point of view, France does not have the place which it should have.

Yet back home in France Royal has faced a barrage of criticism, including today from Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy. Douste-Blazy pointed out the hypocrisy in Royal's China stance, first boycotting the arrival of the Chinese president in France and now wishing "that France accompany the emergence of China". He said that he was not hearing enough from Royal over human rights.

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