Chinese Premier Meets with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs in Beijing

2024-04-02

 

Chinese Premier Li Qiang met on Monday with the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Séjourné, in Beijing.

 

Li stated that the relationship between China and France has long been at the forefront of China's relations with major Western countries, which not only benefits both peoples but also profoundly impacts the world.

 

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France. China is willing to work with France to implement the important consensus of the two heads of state, strengthen exchanges at all levels, carry forward traditional friendship, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, enhance mutual understanding, steadfastly advance bilateral relations, leverage the stability of their relations to promote better development of both countries, and inject more certainty into world development through strengthened multilateral coordination.

 

Noting that the economies of China and France are highly complementary, the Premier said that China has always regarded France as a priority partner and is ready to explore the potential for cooperation in fields such as green energy, scientific and technological innovation, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and digital economy, while deepening traditional cooperation to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.

 

France is expected to provide an open, fair, and non-discriminatory business environment for Chinese companies and actively promote the EU side to follow economic and market rules and properly address concerns from both sides through consultations, Li said.

 

"The absence of cooperation and failure in development are the biggest risks," said the Premier. China and France are permanent members of the UN Security Council and are large countries with responsibilities. China is willing to strengthen multilateral cooperation with France to make positive contributions to solving international hotspot issues and improving global governance.

 

Séjourné stated that France-China relations have an important impact on both countries and the world. France adheres to independence, opposes bloc confrontation, and opposes dissociation and the breaking of supply chains. The country firmly adheres to the One China policy and is willing to work with China to seize the opportunity of celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations to deepen exchanges and cooperation in areas such as economy and trade, environmental protection, artificial intelligence, and people-to-people exchanges, jointly address global challenges, and promote deeper development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between France and China.


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