Nicolas Sarkozy says the relationship between France and China had been “set right again” in talks today with the Chinese leadership, AFP reports. "I had a lunch and a meeting with the Chinese president and a meeting with the prime minister. I talked about human rights, I handed over lists" of jailed political prisoners, Sarkozy said.
Sarkozy has been highly critical of the Chinese government, and human-rights groups blasted his sudden warming. But Sarkozy justified his actions as pushing the process forward: "How can you find a solution if you don't talk to each other? How can you understand one another if you don't talk?"