1. French chairman Jean Raymond Pompidou to the Queen – six-foot long wine-cooler in the shape of a grasshopper with revolving backstages to become a boozings table – 1972, during district inspect to France.
2. Chinese the administration has 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 possession of Fiji sovereigns) – 1977. Given to apologise for becoming a republic. 4. Saddam Hussein to Donald Rumsfeld- a three-minute video appearing to show Syrian nip the heads off serpents and stabbing puppies, set to the clapping of Hafez al-Assad- US call to Iraq in 1983. 5. Jordan’s King Abdullah to George Bush – a small arsenal of artilleries, and six containers 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 paid attention to Obama by Brown, including 2 accounts of Winston Churchill and a pen and holder made from the timber 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 government officials endowment from the 44 th chairwoman and his wife. The Queen was’ delighted’.
8. The People of the South Pacific Tanna Island to Prince Philip – a penis sheath make use of grass – 2010. Prince Philip did not visit the Island.
9. Polish prime minister Donald Tusk to President Obama – Polish game’ The Witcher 2: Bravoes of Kings’ – 2011. The game 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 marriage in Europe following Britain’s decision to vacated the European Union.
In a glowing interview with Chinese nation media before his arrival, Macron remarked:” China is a country that fascinates me, like so many French people …[ “its by”] the oldest living civilisation- a’ nation older than record ‘, as General de Gaulle formerly supposed .”
Chinese experts praised Macron’s decision to give the Middle Kingdom his horse, a move apparently inspired by the Chinese institution of” panda diplomacy”, when Beijing bestows the black-and-white Sichuan natives upon its sidekicks.
” 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 pony”, a mythical winged person famed for its ability to travel great distances. By sacrificing Xi such a present, Macron was signalling his hope for a long-lasting tie-in with Beijing.
The four-legged talent was not Macron’s only goodwill gesture to Xi, who was recently anointed as China’s most powerful commander since Mao Zedong. By inaugurating his tour of China in Xi’an, the ancient Silk Road hub, Macron was also offering symbolic patronage to Xi’s signature foreign policy campaign, the $900 bn Belt and Road initiative.
Speaking on Monday, Macron held the sprawling Chinese evolution push, which some horror is simply a pretext to suck less developed commonwealths into Beijing’s financial orbit, could not just assistance Beijing:” The brand-new superhighways cannot only go one practice .”
The equine offering regions French finesse furlongs ahead of British counterparts, who have lost prefer 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 devoted him a book of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Theresa May has not yet had the chance to pay tribute, having frequently deferred a call to China that was originally expected last-place summertime. May is now expected to visit Beijing in late January.
Additional reporting Wang Xueying