Friday, April 30, 2010

French President's Reconciliation Visit to China

Chinese President Hu Jintao on 29 April said on his three-day state visit China-France ties have "opened a new page" as French President Nicolas Sarkozy pays his second state visit to China। Hu and Sarkozy held about 50 minutes of private talks before starting their formal, large-scope talks which Hu described as "candid, friendly and productive" and reaching "many important agreements."

It is Sarkozy's fourth visit to China and his second state visit as French president। He paid his first state visit to China six months after taking office in May 2007. He attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games and took part in the 7th Asia-Europe Meeting held in Beijing in 2008.

Four-Point Proposal for Bilateral Ties
To further upgrade the China-French comprehensive strategic partnership, Hu made a four-point proposal at his talks with Sarkozy। Hu said China hopes to work with France to maintain high-level exchanges and dialogue and consultations on major issues of common concern.

Hu also suggested both sides boost pragmatic cooperation। He said in addition to cooperation in traditional fields, the two sides should actively promote cooperation in energy saving, environmental protection, new energy, agriculture and farm produce processing, and among small and medium size businesses to seek long-term, stable and reciprocal common development.

The two countries should strengthen cultural exchanges, facilitate language education, two-way travel, and dialogue between each other's media and think tanks। China and France are expected to together meet local and global challenges to achieve a peaceful and stable international environment, citing reform of the international financial system, improving the global economic governance structure and coping with climate change.

The Chinese president said the Chinese side set a high value on the role the European Union (EU) play in international affairs and appreciates the constructive stance taken by the French side in promoting China-EU relations. France is the initiator of the reform of the global economic governance mechanism. Hu added China supports France's holding of next year's G20 summit.
France will hold the presidency of the G20 summit this November and host the 2011 summit।

Sarkozy said France was willing to work closely with China to ensure a successful summit। He said that China was a very important strategic partner of France and they both need to cooperate closely on major global issues such as pushing economic growth, and maintaining world peace.

Diplomatic Ties
The French president said that there was only one China in the world and that Taiwan and Tibet were both part of China। This is the policy France has been adhering to since the France-China diplomatic ties were established in 1964. There is no change in the policy.

The French president said France is willing to work with China to further beef up cooperation and exchanges in fields including peaceful use of nuclear energy, aviation, transport, environmental protection, finance, agriculture and culture.

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