1. French president Jean Raymond Pompidou to the Queen – six-foot long wine-cooler in the shape of a grasshopper with rotating wings to become a glass table – 1972, during state inspect to France.
2. Chinese government to President Richard Nixon – two giant pandas – 1972, following US president’s see 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 nibble the heads off serpents and stabbing puppies, set to the clapping of Hafez al-Assad- US visit to Iraq in 1983. 5. Jordan’s King Abdullah to George Bush – a small arsenal of grease-guns, and six containers of fertiliser – 2004. The Sultan of Brunei threw 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 profiles of Winston Churchill and a pen and holder made from the grove of an anti-slavery ship. The DVD didn’t work in the UK. 7. Barack Obama to the Queen – an iPod – G2 0 summit 2009. It was the official gift from the 44 th chairwoman and his wife. The Queen was’ delighted’.
8. The Person of the South Pacific Tanna Island to Prince Philip – a penis sheath made of grass – 2010. Prince Philip did not call the Island.
9. Polish “ministers ” Donald Tusk to President Obama – Polish game’ The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings’ – 2011. The play is said to be a national emblem 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 people as Paris emerges as a key Chinese spouse in Europe following Britain’s had decided to vacated the European union countries.
In a glowing interview with Chinese territory media before his arrival, Macron said:” China is a country that mesmerizes me, like so many French people …[ “its by”] the oldest living civilisation- a’ regime older than biography ‘, as General de Gaulle formerly said .”
Chinese experts praised Macron’s decision to give the Middle Kingdom his mare, a move apparently inspired by the Chinese habit of” panda diplomacy”, when Beijing gives the black-and-white Sichuan natives upon its sidekicks.
” He certainly respects Chinese history ,” excited Ding Yifan, a France expert from the China Development Research Centre, a state-backed thinktank.
Ding said he saw the gift as an allusion to the Qianlima or” thousand-mile horse”, a mythological winged mortal famed for its ability to travel great distances. By opening Xi such a present, Macron was signalling his hunger for a long-lasting relationship with Beijing.
The four-legged endow was not Macron’s only goodwill gesture to Xi, who was recently anointed as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong. By beginning his tour of China in Xi’an, the ancient Silk Road hub, Macron was also offering symbolic endorsement to Xi’s signature foreign policy safarus, the $900 bn Belt and Road initiative.
Speaking on Monday, Macron insisted the sprawling Chinese change move, which some horror is simply a pretext to glean less developed nations into Beijing’s financial path, could not just help Beijing:” The brand-new superhighways cannot only go one road .”
The equine give places French finesse furlongs ahead of British counterparts, who have lost promotion in Beijing following Brexit. When David Cameron travelled to China in 2013 he sided Xi a signed England football shirt. When the Communist party leader came to London in 2015 the Queen established him a journal of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Theresa May has not yet had the chance to pay tribute, having repeatedly shelved a visit to China that was originally expected last summer. May is now expected to visit Beijing in late January.
Additional reporting Wang Xueying