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  1. France avoided by design on 'tour of confidence', premier admits

    Posted Feb 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Premier Wen Jiabao said he had deliberately avoided France in what he has dubbed his 'tour of confidence' to Europe, and that French leaders should bear ... the countries I visited in this trip, and I found that I have travelled in an arc outside France,' he said yesterday during a meeting with Hong Kong journalists in London. 'The reason ...

  2. Island calls France evil for joining in PLA drill

    Posted Mar 18th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Harry Doran in Beijing A joint naval exercise between France and the PLA Navy only days before the Taiwanese election made front-page news on the mainland, but French officials remained ... Ministry in Paris went unanswered. Chen Shui-bian criticised the drill, which only lasted a few hours. He said France was 'evil-hearted' and trying to influence the election's ...

  3. 'France's Thatcher' trips on reforms

    Posted Aug 03rd 2003, 12:00am by John Kohut

    ... When centre-right Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin took office a year ago he vowed that his planned shake-up of France's rigid economic structure would not leave behind 'the French who live down below', a term he coined for the country's common folk. Today, however, some critics are damning him with a label that in France sums up the ultimate ...

  4. FILM (1992)

    Posted Jul 12th 2009, 12:00am by Mathew Scott

    ... the 'brood' better than France's Daniel Auteuil. If you saw him sitting on a train, chances are you'd sit for the whole journey staring, wondering to yourself 'what the hell is going ... concerned about the lives of France's middle to upper classes, the daily dramas that on the surface seem like nothing much at all but can tear people apart, given time (and opportunity). Here ...

  5. Once proud French lament their state of uncertainty

    Posted Nov 08th 2003, 12:00am by John Kohut

    ... A string of books portraying France as a nation slipping into irrelevance has its intellectuals in a tizzy, writes John Kohut The titles follow you through the Paris Metro, into lunch and cafe conversation, and are repeated constantly in newspaper editorials and television debates, their gloomy assertions having become the yardstick by which France now seems to judge itself. ...

  6. Mixed response to Hu's meeting with Sarkozy

    Posted Apr 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and criticism from home. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit on Wednesday, after both countries released a communiqu?in which France vowed not to support 'any means of Tibet ... the sensitive issues.' On the thorny issue of Tibet that has caused so much diplomatic ill will between the two countries, Mr Sarkozy said France would uphold the one-China policy, and that both ...

  7. Senator's win may not heal rift with Europe

    Posted Oct 12th 2004, 12:00am by Emilie Boyer King

    ... by the war in Iraq. Both the US and Europe- particularly France and Germany, the European Union's leading opponents of the war in Iraq- would welcome the chance to revitalise the flagging friendship. But as Iraq sinks deeper into chaos, disagreements on how to deal with the crisis will be hard to put right. 'Kerry's election would be embarrassing for France,' said ...

  8. News - China

    Philippines hoping China ties will improve

    Posted Oct 17th 2012, 03:18pm by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Wednesday he hoped “ultra-nationalist” sentiment in China would ease after a leadership change next month and thereby help to resolve a maritime row. Tensions over competing claims to parts of the South China Sea escalated in April this year when ships from the two countries became locked in a standoff ...

  9. Hu and Sarkozy set to meet to seal resumption of ties

    Posted Apr 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The communique released by both foreign ministries on their websites yesterday stressed the importance of the Tibet issue in bilateral ties, with France pledging that it would not support 'any form ... of Commerce snubbed France in trips to Europe earlier this year. In an apparent response to Chinese leaders' repeated calls for France to address the Tibet issue, the communiqu? said France ...

  10. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM cuts Pacific trip after troop deaths

    Posted Aug 30th 2012, 12:12pm by Agence France-Presse in Avarua

    ... Agence France-Presse in Avarua Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard cut short her trip to a major Pacific summit on Wednesday after five of the nation’s troops were killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan. Gillard cancelled all appointments at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in the Cook Islands so she could return to Canberra after Australia’s worst day ...




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