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France's Chirac Ends China Visit With Tour of Historic Xian


French President Jacques Chirac has completed his four-day visit to China with a tour of archaeological sites in the historic city of Xian.

Mr. Chirac visited an ancient tomb built more than 2,000 years ago for an emperor of China's Han dynasty. He expressed a strong admiration for Chinese history and the efforts of archaeologists.

Mr. Chirac earlier traveled to the central Chinese city of Wuhan to lay the foundation stone for a new Peugeot-Citroen auto factory. The plant is a joint venture with Chinese firm Dongfeng, and is expected to start producing cars in 2009.

In Beijing Thursday, the French president presided over the signing of 13 deals between French and Chinese businesses. The highlight was China's decision to buy 150 Airbus passenger jets, worth about $10 billion.

Mr. Chirac also met with Chinese President Hu Jintao Thursday to discuss the nuclear disputes with Iran and North Korea.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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