BEIJING (AFP) - French Prime Minister Francois Fillon told Chinese students Tuesday that any misunderstandings between Paris and Beijing were a thing of the past, following a heated row last year over Tibet. Fresh from sealing lucrative business deals during an official visit to China, Fillon told students at Beijings Beihang University that both sides now wanted to move forward on the basis of mutual respect. Its true that there have been misunderstandings in Sino-French relations, Fillon said as he wrapped up his three-day trip, adding that such incidents were sometimes very exaggerated. I think they were nothing but misunderstandings. Weve worked to clear them up and we want to build our relations on mutual respect, he said, without elaborating on the nature of the spat. Fillon - who said his trip was aimed at speeding up relations - later met Chinas President Hu Jintao and parliamentary speaker Wu Bangguo to wrap up the formal meetings of his trip. Hu congratulated the French Prime Minister on the positive results achieved during the visit, which included a multi-billion-dollar aviation deal. Fillon replied that bilateral relations had made advances very quickly, lauding their deep and enduring cooperation. Ties between the two nations deteriorated last year when pro-Tibet protesters disrupted the Paris leg of Chinas around-the-world Olympic torch relay. They hit a low point in December 2008 when French President Nicolas Sarkozy met the Dalai Lama, Tibets exiled spiritual leader, whom Beijing accuses of seeking independence for the Himalayan region - a claim the monk denies. Four months later, though, the two countries were officially reconciled on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in London, and Sarkozy subsequently invited Hu to visit France. Fillon said Tuesday the strengthening of bilateral ties would be highlighted by two very important events: Sarkozys trip to China next year for the opening of World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, and Hus planned visit to France. French aerospace and defence industries group Safran and US conglomerate General Electric won a multi-billion-dollar contract to equip Chinas future C919 passenger jet with engines, Safran chief executive Jean-Paul Herteman said. The C919 - built by state-linked Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and due to be ready for service in about 2016, according to state media - is seen as a future competitor to the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737. The deal could possibly be worth 15 billion dollars over 30 years, Herteman told reporters.