Port city seeks to in­crease its ap­peal

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG CHUNYAN

said he ex­pects Li’s visit will also at­tract more Chi­nese in­vest­ment to the city, which has ex­ten­sive road and air trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture.

Be­ing the largest com­mer­cial port in the Mediter­ranean and the third-largest in Europe, Mar­seille has many busi­ness links with China.

COSCO, the Chi­nese ship­ping and lo­gis­tics ser­vices mega sup­plier, has co­op­er­ated with the port of Mar­seille, which has served as a con­tainer and trans­porta­tion port for many years, Parakian said.

Mar­seille’s CMA CGM Group, the world’s third-largest ship­ping com­pany, set up its first China of­fice in Shang­hai in 1992. It has de­vel­oped its busi­ness and cre­ated strong re­la­tions with many Chi­nese com­pa­nies, Parakian said.

Wiko Mo­bile, a pop­u­lar smart­phone in France, is owned by Shen­zhen-based Tinno Mo­bile Tech­nol­ogy, which is re­spon­si­ble for most de­sign and pro­duc­tion func­tions. Mar­seille and Shang­hai have been sis­ter cities since 1987.

“We have fre­quent ex­change vis­its and have signed lots of eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments so far,” Parakian said, adding that the two cities also en­joy ex­changes in ed­u­ca­tion and sports.

Michel Gut­satz, di­rec­tor of the MBA pro­gram at Kedge Busi­ness School, which is based in Mar­seille and Bordeaux, said it was es­sen­tial to en­hance links with China.

“The is­sues fac­ing the world to­day are sig­nif­i­cant. France and China have very crit­i­cal roles to play here. France, which has a ma­jor role in the Euro­pean Union, needs once again to strengthen its ties with China,” Gut­satz said.

Kedge has been one of the pioneers in ed­u­ca­tional co­op­er­a­tion, Gut­satz said, adding that “both gov­ern­ments have made ed­u­ca­tion a ma­jor fo­cus for the fu­ture”.

GUIL­LAUME HORCAJUELO / AFP

Premier Li Ke­qiang and his wife, Cheng Hong, are wel­comed by Michel Cadot, pre­fect of France’s Bouches-du-Rhone re­gion, af­ter ar­riv­ing at the Mar­seille air­port on Wed­nes­day.

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