French finance minister Christine Lagarde will meet with Chinese economic officials in Beijing this week, as part of her campaign to gain support for candidacy to the head of International Monetary Fund.
During her visit, the French finance minister will meet Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, the central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan and Minister of Finance Xie Xuren.
The French government said that China supported the candidacy of Christine Lagarde, but China has not publicly confirmed this announcement.
Christine Lagarde, who enlisted the support of key European countries, is now considered the favorite candidate for the post of IMF managing director, left vacant after the resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused of attempted rape in the U.S. The main rival Christine Lagarde is the governor of the Bank of Mexico, Agustin Carstens.