French president to invite Chinese leader to Paris
AP[Tuesday, April 21, 2009 20:11]

President Nicolas Sarkozy's office says he is inviting the Chinese leader for a visit to France before year's end.

The speaker of the lower house of parliament, Bernard Accoyer, is in China and will officially present the invitation.

Sarkozy and Chinese President Hu Jintao decided to restore high-level relations after a meeting before the G20 summit in London earlier this month.

China had frozen contacts after Sarkozy met the Dalai Lama in Poland in December. Trade ties between the two countries suffered as a result.

France pledged to reject Tibetan independence in "any form" _ a reference to Beijing's claim that the Dalai Lama seeks to separate Tibet from China, but does not believe it must shun the Tibetan leader.

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