Li mixes cer­e­mony, cli­mate change and art

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High­lights of Premier Li Ke­qiang’s visit to France:

Les In­valides and lunch

Ac­cord­ing to diplo­matic pro­to­col in France, a cer­e­mony at Les In­valides in Paris — a com­plex con­tain­ing mu­se­um­sand mon­u­ments re­lat­ing to the mil­i­tary history of France — is an ex­cep­tion. FrenchPrimeMin­is­terManuel Valls held a wel­com­ing cer­e­mony for Premier Li Ke­qiang at Les In­valides on Tues­day.

It is the first of­fi­cial visit by a Chi­nese premier to the Euro­pean coun­try in nearly a decade. A mil­i­tary band played the na­tional an­thems of China and France, and Li re­viewed a guard of honor.

French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande made another ex­cep­tion by hold­ing a wel­com­ing lunch for Li.

Sup­port on cli­mate change

Li laid out am­bi­tious tar­gets for a re­duc­tion in car­bon emis­sions. He an­nounced the tar­gets af­ter meet­ing Hol­lande in Paris, which will host the United Na­tions Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

Observers said the an­nounce­ment serves as a strong sup­port to French ef­forts in host­ing the cli­mate change meet­ing. China’s car­bon diox­ide emis­sions will peak by around 2030, but China will work hard to achieve the tar­get by an even ear­lier date, Li said.

Rodin re­run

The Thinker, a bronze sculp­ture by French artist Au­guste Rodin, inspired Li as he vis­ited the Rodin Mu­seum in Paris with Valls on Tues­day.

Dur­ingValls’ visit to Bei­jing in Jan­uary, he vis­ited an ex­hi­bi­tion of works by Rodin with Li at the Na­tion­alMu­seum of China be­fore the clos­ing cer­e­mony of ac­tiv­i­ties mark­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of Si­noFrench ties.

DO­MINIQUE FAGET / REUTERS

Jean-Bernard Levy (left), CEO of France’s State-owned elec­tric­ity com­pany EDF, and Philippe Knoche (right), CEO of French nu­clear re­ac­tor maker Areva, pose with He Yu, the chair­man of the China Gen­eral Nu­clear Power Corp, dur­ing an agree­ment-sign­ing cer­e­mony in Paris on Tues­day.

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