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Presidents Chirac (left) and Hu in Beijing on October 26 (epa)
October 26, 2006 -- China and France today signed 14 economic agreements, the largest being an order for 150 Airbus planes.
The agreements ranged from nuclear power to medicine. They were signed after talks between Chinese President Hu Jintao and French President Jacques Chirac in Beijing.
At a joint press conference after talks, Chirac reiterated his call for the European Union to lift its arms sales embargo on China. Hu welcomed Chirac's call.
The two leaders also expressed "serious concern" over the North Korean nuclear test crisis, saying the row should be resolved through diplomacy.
They also called on Iran to abide by a UN Security Council resolution that had set an August 31 deadline for it to give up some of its nuclear work or face sanctions.
Chirac is on the second day of a four-day visit to China, promoting French business there. He is traveling with a delegation of French business executives.
(Reuters, AFP, dpa)