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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France, Stressing to Push forward China-France Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to a New High
2013/12/06

On 6 December 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping met at the Great Hall of the People wit Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France.

Xi Jinping expressed that next year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of China-France diplomatic relationship. The establishment of diplomatic relationship between the two countries is a major event of milestone significance in the history of exchanges between the East and the West and has opened the door for mutual understanding and exchanges between China and the West. During President Francois Hollande's visit to China in April this year, I reached broad consensus with him on deepening China-France comprehensive strategic partnership. The consensus is now being gradually implemented and the China-France High-Level Economic and Financial Dialogue successfully held the first meeting last month. China is ready to work with France to continue consolidating the high-level political mutual trust, to respect each other's core interests and major concerns, to strengthen communication, to expand consensus and to properly manage differences, so as to unceasingly enhance the stability of China-France relations and to push forward China-France relations to a new high.

Xi Jinping expressed that China and France should continue to leverage the unique advantages of practical cooperation, strengthen strategic cooperation in the fields of nuclear power, aviation and aerospace, promote cooperation in the fields of sustainable development, processing of agricultural products, food safety, medicine, telecommunications, automobiles and financial services, boost economic growth of the two countries and expand employment. Both sides should work together to ensure the success of the activities in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of China-France diplomatic relationship next year in order to highlight the historical and era significance of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between the two countries. They should, taking this opportunity, uplift the level of exchanges and cooperation on culture, tourism and overseas students to enhance the friendship between both peoples. Both sides should strengthen communication and coordination on global issues as well as international and regional major hotspot issues and support each other in a bid to promote world multipolarization and democracy of international relations and to push for a strong, sustained and balanced growth of the global economy. China attaches importance to France's great influence within the EU and hopes that France will play a constructive role in promoting the development of China-EU relations.

Ayrault expressed that France and China are both important forces for promoting global multipolarization and the two countries share the same or similar propositions on international and regional affairs with fruitful cooperation in all fields. France is ready to work with China to fully leverage the leading role of high-level exchanges, to solemnly celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between the two countries next year and to expand cooperation in the fields of nuclear power, aviation, aerospace, sustainable development, economy and trade and automobiles in order to push for more outcomes of France-China comprehensive strategic partnership. France will continue to be actively committed to promoting healthy and stable development of EU-China relations.

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