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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France

On November 24, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France.

Both sides agreed that China and France, as two permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, have important global influence, adhere to independent diplomatic policy and pursue openness, cooperation and dialogue while opposing isolation, conservation and confrontation. For a long time, China-France relations, which transcend ideological factors and differences in institutional systems and culture, have successfully embarked on a road of win-win cooperation, vigorously promoting the development of the two countries and playing a significant role in global stability and prosperity. At present, the international situation is undergoing unprecedented great development, changes and adjustments that have not been encountered in the past century, China and France have completed major domestic political agendas successively. China ushers in a new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics and France embarks on a new journey of rejuvenating itself. China-France relations are at the important stage of inheriting the past and ushering the future, and embracing new opportunities for development.

Both sides agreed to carry forward the fine traditions of mutual respect, seeking common ground while reserving differences, and accommodating each other's core interests. The two countries should carefully and well maintain the political basis for China-France relations and jointly well prepare for the scheduled visit of President Emmanuel Macron of France to China, so as to elevate China-France relations to a new stage.

Both sides agreed to promote cooperation in major projects and emerging fields, so as to constantly enhance vitality and energy of China-France relations. China welcomes France's positive response to the "Belt and Road" construction and stands ready to conduct in-depth policy communication with France in this regard and effectively implement cooperation projects.

Both sides agreed to strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges by forging the "people-oriented projects", so as to consolidate the public opinion foundation for China-France relations. The two countries can deepen cooperation in sports by taking opportunities of preparing for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics. Young people in both countries can benefit from the Sino-French "1000 Interns" program which needs to be implemented better.

Both sides agreed to push forward the process of democratization of international relations, jointly tackle the global challenges such as climate change and terrorism and improve global governance. Both sides agreed to strengthen communication and coordination on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the Syrian issue and other hotspot issues.

Wang Yi stated that China is confident about the prospects of Europe, firmly supports the path of the European integration, and joins hands to advance the building of four major China-EU partnerships featuring peace, growth, reform and civilization. China expects France to make new contributions to promoting the development of China-EU relations.

Wang Yi said that the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has made the top-level design for the comprehensive advancement of the major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics, set an overall goal and also provided historic opportunities for all countries including France to cooperate with China and to jointly create peaceful development. China-France relations will surely provide the international community with more positive energy in the new era and play a more active role in building a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said that France and China enjoy a sound development momentum in bilateral relations and share frequent exchanges. With bilateral relations established on three pillars of strategic security, economy and trade, and people-to people and cultural exchanges, both sides should enhance mutual trust, respect each other and open to each other in order to further tap the potential for cooperation. In the field of strategic security, as two permanent members of the UN Security Council, France and China are the guardians of multilateralism with similar stances in many international and regional issues, and jointly deliver the voice of openness and cooperation as well as promote the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. In the field of economy and trade, France is willing to further improve practical cooperation between the two countries and promote cooperation projects in such fields as civil nuclear energy, finance, aviation and aerospace, agriculture and food. France speaks positively of the "Belt and Road" initiative and stands ready to hold consultations with China on specific contents and cooperation areas. In the field of people-to-people and cultural engagement, exchanges and contacts in culture, education and sports between the two countries should be strengthened through institutional dialogue. France is ready to work closely with China to jointly plan the high-level exchanges between the two countries in the next stage and prepare for President Emmanuel Macron's visit to China. Although the EU is undergoing crisis, it has always been the stabilizing force in the international community. France is willing to work closely with China to promote EU-China relations for greater development and safeguard trade liberalization and globalization.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern, including the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the Syrian issue and the Middle East issue.

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