Embassy of France in China

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Embassy

Address:

No.3, Dong San Jie, San Li Tun, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Postal Code:

100600

Tel:  ( ? )

(+86) 10 8532 8080

Fax:

(+86) 10 8652 4841

Email:

scac@ambafrance-cn.org

Website:

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Address:

Admiralty Centre, Tower II, 26/F, 18 Harcourt Road

GPO Box:

13

Tel:

(+852) 3196 6100

Fax:

(+852) 3196 6101

Email:

hongkong@dree.org

Website:

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Address:

Hai Tong Securities Building 2F 689 Guangdong Lu

Postal Code:

20 0001

Tel:

(+86) 21 6103 2200

Fax:

(+86) 21 6135 2089

Email:

info.shanghai@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Website:

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Address:

Guangdong International Hotel (GITIC) Main Tower - 8th floor - Room 803 339 Huan Shi Dong Lu Guangzhou (Canton)

Postal Code:

510098

Tel:

(+86) 20 2829 2000

Fax:

(+86) 20 2829 2001

Email:

chancellerie@consulfrance_chengdu.org

Website:

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Address:

Times Plaza - 30eme etage 2 Zongfu Road

Postal Code:

610016

Tel:

(+86) 28 6666 6060

Fax:

(+86) 28 6666 6103

Email:

chancellerie@consulfrance_chengdu.org

Website:

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Address:

34 Nan Shi Shan Wei Lu - Heping district Shenyang

Postal Code:

110003

Tel:

(+86) 24 2319 0000

Website:

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Address:

New World Trade Tower - Room 1702, 568 Jianshe dadao, Hankou

Postal Code:

430022

Tel:

(+853) 6579 7900

Fax:

(+853) 8577 8426

Website:

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France-China Relations

China–France relations, also known as Sino-French relations or Franco-Chinese relations, refers to the interstate relations between China and France (Kingdom or later).


Note that the meaning of both "China" and "France" as entities has changed throughout history; this article will discuss what was commonly considered 'France' and 'China' at the time of the relationships in question. There have been many political, cultural and economic relationships between China and France.


History

17th and 18th centuries

Numerous French Jesuits were active in China during the 17th and 18th century: Nicolas Trigault (1577-1629), Alexander de Rhodes (1591-1660, active in Vietnam), Jean-Baptiste Régis (1663-1738), Jean Denis Attiret (1702-1768), Michel Benoist (1715-1774), Joseph-Marie Amiot (1718-1793).


French Jesuits pressured the French king to send them to China with the aims of counterbalancing the influence of Ottoman Empire in Europe. The Jesuits sent by Louis XIV were: Jean de Fontaney (1643-1710), Joachim Bouvet (1656-1730), Jean-François Gerbillon (1654-1707), Louis Le Comte (1655-1728) and Claude de Visdelou (1656-1737). Returning to France, they noticed the similarity between Louis XIV of France and the Emperor Kangxi. Both were said to be the God servitor, and to control their respective area: France being the strongest country of Europe, and China being the strongest power in East Asia. Other biographical factors lead commentators to proclaim that Louis XIV and Kangxi were protected by the same Angel. (In childhood, they overcame the same illness; both reigned for a long time, with many conquests.)


Under Louis XIV's reign, the work of these French researchers sent by the King had a notable influence on Chinese sciences, but continued to be mere intellectual games, and not tools to improve the power of man on nature. Conversely, China was fashionable in France, examplified by the Chinoiserie fashion, and Louis XIV had the Trianon de Porcelaine built in Chinese style in 1670.


In the same time, the first ever known Chinese people came to the French Kingdom. Michel Sin went to Versaille in 1684 before continuing to England. More notable is Arcadio Huang, who crossed the Kingdom in 1702, spent some time in Rome (for the Rites dispute), and came back to Paris in 1704, where he was the "Chinese interprete of the King", and died in 1716. He started the first ever Chinese-French dictionary, and a Chinese grammar to help French and European researchers to understand and study Chinese, but died before finishing his work.


In the 18th century, the French Jesuit Michel Benoist, together with Giuseppe Castiglione, helped the Qianlong Emperor build a European-style area in Old Summer Palace (often associated with the European-style palaces (Xi Yang Lou) built of stone), to satisfy his taste for exotic buildings and objects. Jean Denis Attiret became "Painter to the Emperor" Qianlong. Joseph-Marie Amiot (1718-1793) also won the confidence of the Qianlong Emperor and spent the remainder of his life at Beijing . He was official translator of Western languages for Emperor Qianlong, and the spiritual leader of the French mission in Peking.


19th century

From the (if rather distant) cordiallity of the ancien régime, Sino-French relations would deteriorate in European rush for colonies, even as they matured. Nineteenth century Europe was eager for the acquisition of colonies, and as European opinion of China deterorated, the once admired empire would become the subject of unequal treaties and colonisation. In 1844, China and France concluded its first modern treaty, the Treaty of Whampoa, which demanded for France the same privileges extended to Britain. In 1860, the Summer Palace was ransacked by French units. Many precious objects nowaday in French museums come from this looting. Later, France would seize Guangzhouwan as a treaty port, and take its own concession in the treaty port of Shanghai .


Post World War II

France and the PRC had established ambassadorial level diplomatic relations by 1964, before West Germany did so with China. This was precipitated by Charles de Gaulle's official recognition of the People's Republic of China. Deng Xiaoping completed his studies in Paris prior to ascending to power in China.


Post-Cold War

This state of relations would not last, however. During the 1990s, France and the PRC repeatedly clashed as a result of the PRC's One China Policy. France sold weapons to Taiwan , angering the Beijing government. This resulted in the temporary closure of the French Consulate-General in Guangzhou. France eventually agreed to prohibit local companies from selling arms to Taiwan , and diplomatic relations resumed in 1994.


Since then, the two countries have exchanged a number of state visits. Today, Sino-French relations are primarily economic. Bilateral trade reached new high levels in 2000. Cultural ties between the two countries are less well represented, though France is making an effort to improve this disparity


2008 rifts

In 2008, Sino-French relations took a downturn in the wake of the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay. As torchbearers passed through Paris, activists claiming allegiance to Tibetan independence and human rights repeatedly attempted to disrupt, hinder or halt the procession. The Chinese government hinted that Sino-French friendship could be affected. Chinese protesters organized boycotts of the French-owned retail chain Carrefour in major Chinese cities including Kunming, Hefei and Wuhan, and hundreds of people joined anti-French rallies in those cities and Beijing . Both governments attempted to calm relations after the demonstrations. French President Nicolas Sarkozy wrote a letter of support and sympathy to Jin Jing, a Chinese athlete who had carried the Olympic torch. Chinese President Hu Jintao sent a special envoy to France to help strengthen relations


However, relations again soured after President Sarkozy met the Dalai Lama in Poland. Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao omitted France in his tour of Europe in response, his assistant foreign minister saying of the rift "The one who tied the knot should be the one who unties it." French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin was quoted in Le Monde as saying that France had no intention of "encourag{ing} Tibetan separatism".


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