French Relations With China 'Set Right,' Sarkozy Says

President talks human rights with leaders hosting Beijing visit
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2008 2:47 PM CDT
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, is greeted by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in the Zhongnanhai leaders compound in Beijing today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 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?"