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Sarkozy to visit China next week

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will pay a three-day state visit to China from April 28, but it is not yet known whether he will be accompanied by his glamorous wife Carla Bruni.

world Updated: Apr 22, 2010 20:27 IST

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will pay a three-day state visit to China from April 28, but it is not yet known whether he will be accompanied by his glamorous wife Carla Bruni.

Sarkozy will arrive in Beijing as a guest of Chinese President Hu Jintao, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regular news briefing on Thursday.

Asked whether the French President would be accompanied by his Italy-born singer wife Bruni, Jiang said it can be only confirmed by French officials.

Sarkozy will kick-off his visit from Xi'an, the capital of northwest China's Shaanxi province, and will also attend the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo scheduled for April 30, said Jiang.

President Hu, top legislator Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao will meet Sarkozy and have in-depth exchange of views on "further improvement of China-France all-round strategic partnership as well as international and regional issues of mutual concern," said Jiang.

"This year, China-France relationship is facing new opportunity of development," she said, hoping the two countries would keep increasing political trust, deepening mutually beneficial cooperation and stepping up coordination on major international and regional issues in a bid to push forward bilateral ties in a healthy and stable manner.