1. French chairwoman Jean Raymond Pompidou to the Queen – six-foot long wine-cooler in the shape of a grasshopper with revolving backstages studying to be a beverages table – 1972, during district trip to France.
2. Chinese the administration has President Richard Nixon – two monstrous pandas – 1972, following US president’s trip to China. 3. Fiji Chiefs to the Queen – a whale’s tooth( the most prized belonging of Fiji sovereigns) – 1977. Given to apologise for becoming a republic. 4. Deposed iraqi president saddam hussein to Donald Rumsfeld- a three-minute video appearing to show Syrian stinging the heads off snakes and jabbing puppies, set to the applause of Hafez al-Assad- US see to Iraq in 1983. 5. Jordan’s King Abdullah to George Bush – a small arsenal of handguns, and six jars of fertiliser – 2004. The Sultan of Brunei sacrificed Bush a’ Worst Case Survival Handbook’ in the same year. 6. Barack Obama to Gordon Brown – 25 of his favourite movies on DVD – 2009. This was in return for PS10, 000 -worth of endows given to Obama by Brown, including two biographies of Winston Churchill and a pen and holder made from the grove of an anti-slavery carry. The DVD didn’t work in the UK. 7. Barack Obama to the Queen – an iPod – G2 0 summit 2009. It was the official offering from the 44 th chairperson and his wife. The Queen was’ delighted’.
8. The Beings of the South Pacific Tanna Island to Prince Philip – a penis sheath make use of grass – 2010. Prince Philip did not call the Island.
9. Polish “ministers ” Donald Tusk to President Obama – Polish game’ The Witcher 2: Executioners of Kings’ – 2011. The tournament is said to be a national token of pride.
10. Australian Northern Territory government to Obama – crocodile insurance – 2011. Insured for$ A50, 000.
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Macron’s tour of Xi’an and Beijing is designed to boost ties between the two nations as Paris emerges as a key Chinese partner in Europe following Britain’s decided not to vacated the European union.
In a glowing interview with Chinese district media before his arrival, Macron said:” China is a country that mesmerizes me, like so many French beings …[ “its by”] the oldest living civilisation- a’ position older than record ‘, as General de Gaulle once said .”
Chinese experts praised Macron’s decision to give the Middle Kingdom his pony, a move apparently inspired by the Chinese habit of” panda finesse”, when Beijing bestows the black-and-white Sichuan natives upon its pals.
” He actually respects Chinese history ,” excited Ding Yifan, a France expert from the China Development Research Centre, a state-backed thinktank.
Ding said he saw the endowment as an allusion to the Qianlima or” thousand-mile mare”, a imaginary winged individual famed for its ability to travel great distances. By holding Xi such a present, Macron was signalling his want for a long-lasting relation with Beijing.
The four-legged knack was not Macron’s only goodwill gesture to Xi, who was recently anointed as China’s most powerful lead since Mao Zedong. By inaugurating his tour of China in Xi’an, the ancient Silk Road hub, Macron was also offering symbolic backing to Xi’s signature foreign policy campaign, the $900 bn Belt and Road initiative.
Speaking on Monday, Macron insisted the sprawling Chinese improvement pushing, which some dread is simply a pretext to describe less developed people into Beijing’s economic arena, could not just welfare Beijing:” The new streets cannot only go one course .”
The equine offering neighbourhoods French finesse furlongs ahead of British counterparts, who have lost favor in Beijing following Brexit. When David Cameron travelled to China in 2013 he handed Xi a signed England football shirt. When the Communist party leader came to London in 2015 the Queen yielded him a notebook of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Theresa May has not yet had the chance to pay tribute, having repeatedly postponed a stay to China that was originally expected last summer. May is now expected to visit Beijing in late January.
Additional reporting Wang Xueying