1. French president Jean Raymond Pompidou to the Queen – six-foot long wine-cooler in the shape of a grasshopper with rotating offstages studying to be a drinks table – 1972, during commonwealth visit to France.
2. Chinese the administration has President Richard Nixon – two giant pandas – 1972, following US president’s stay to China. 3. Fiji Chiefs to the Queen – a whale’s tooth( the most prized possession of Fiji lords) – 1977. Given to apologise for becoming a republic. 4. Saddam Hussein to Donald Rumsfeld- a three-minute video appearing to show Syrian nibble the heads off serpents and jabbing puppies, set to the praise of Hafez al-Assad- US call to Iraq in 1983. 5. Jordan’s King Abdullah to George Bush – a small arsenal of firearms, and six jars of fertiliser – 2004. The Sultan of Brunei gave 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 talents paid attention to Obama by Brown, including two accounts of Winston Churchill and a pen and incumbent made from the wood 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 government officials gift from the 44 th president 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 prime minister Donald Tusk to President Obama – Polish game’ The Witcher 2: Executioners of Kings’ – 2011. The play is said to be a national badge 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 decision to abandon the European union.
In a glowing interview with Chinese country media before his arrival, Macron said:” China is a country that fascinates me, like so many French parties …[ “its by”] the oldest living civilisation- a’ position older than record ‘, as General de Gaulle formerly said .”
Chinese experts praised Macron’s decision to give the Middle Kingdom his pony, a move apparently inspired by the Chinese tradition of” panda finesse”, when Beijing bestows the black-and-white Sichuan natives upon its acquaintances.
” He certainly respects Chinese biography ,” enthused 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 mare”, a mythological winged soul famed for its ability to travel great distances. By generating Xi such a present, Macron was signalling his libido 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 president 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 pushing, which some horror is simply a pretext to show less developed societies into Beijing’s financial arena, could not just welfare Beijing:” The brand-new streets cannot only go one room .”
The equine present lieu French diplomacy furlongs ahead of British equivalents, who have lost prefer 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 handed him a volume of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Theresa May has not been able to had the chance to pay tribute, having repeatedly shelved a see to China which was initially expected last-place summertime. May is now expected to visit Beijing in late January.
Additional reporting Wang Xueying