China's President Xi Jinping adjusts his earphones during a meeting at the BioMerieux pharmaceutical research centre in Marcy-l'Etoile, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Chinese ... more 
China's President Xi Jinping adjusts his earphones during a meeting at the BioMerieux pharmaceutical research centre in Marcy-l'Etoile, near Lyon, central France, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping was the toast of France as he embarked on a state visit — and what better time just days after China ended an anti-dumping, anti-subsidy investigation of French wine. Deal-making and commemorations of a half-century of French diplomatic ties with Communist China were the order of business during Xi's three-day visit, part of his European tour. French officials said the signing of dozens of commercial accords large and small — from nuclear energy to aerospace to agribusiness, even including a possible sausage deal — were being lined up.Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan were traveling Wednesday to Paris, a day after arriving in the southwestern city of Lyon — a key French destination on the Silk Route centuries ago. They began the day visiting a medical research center and a decades-old Franco-Chinese institute in the city. (AP Photo/Robert Pratta, Pool) less 
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