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France, China fete 50 years since recognition

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France and China begin year-long celebrations next week to mark 50 years since Paris became the first Western power to recognise the Communist government, paving the way for Beijing's global acceptance. 

French National Assembly President Claude Bartolone visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of the celebrations marking the 50-year anniversary of France establishing full diplomatic ties with Communist China, in Beijing on January 23, 2014

Both sides will highlight former French president and World War II resistance hero Charles De Gaulle's "visionary" decision during the Cold War to launch full diplomatic relations, breaking ranks with the United States and other Western powers.

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