On October 31, 2011, Vice Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council met the French delegation headed by Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF Suez, in Ziguangge Zhongnanhai.
Li pointed out that the economic and financial situation of the world is complex and grim and the recovery process becomes more tortuous. The international community should work in close communication and coordination and strengthen the will for cooperation and virtuous interaction. Trade liberalization and investment facilitation is a good cure for dealing with the crisis and promoting common development. The parties should take this as the consensus and long-standing direction, eliminate barriers to trade and investment, and work together to help the global economy out of the plight and onto the track of stable and healthy recovery.
Li said that businesses are main players in market competition and cooperation. China will continue to encourage foreign investment in China and welcomes more foreign investment into resources cooperation, energy efficiency and other related areas so as to create new cooperation highlights and form new areas for economic growth. Other countries, especially developed countries, should also provide the Chinese investment with open, fair and facilitated environment for joint development and win-win results.
Gérard Mestrallet said that GDF Suez, as one of the world's top 50 doing business in China over 30 years, is willing to further expand cooperation with Chinese enterprises.
Lou Jiwei, Chairman and CEO of China Investment Corporation, was also present at the meeting.