Unlike his American counterpart, Mr Chirac also said he had "no worries" about the future of Hong Kong under Chinese rule. "We are turning a new page here, and I think we are turning it very well," he added.
Mr Chirac hailed yesterday's Sino-French declaration on a new "global partnership" as the most important bilateral document signed between Paris and Peking since 1964. French businessmen travelling with the presidentsigned deals including a $1.5bn contract for Airbus Industrie. Mr Chirac applauded their "spirit of conquest".Reuse content