Pres­i­dent and Macron dis­cuss co­op­er­a­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By AN BAIJIE in Ham­burg an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s meet­ing on Satur­day with his French coun­ter­part Em­manuel Macron will bring more prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries in var­i­ous ar­eas in­clud­ing marine prod­ucts, nu­clear power plants and aero­space, an an­a­lyst said.

China would like to make con­certed ef­forts with France to con­tinue to view the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions from a strate­gic height and a long-term per­spec­tive, Xi said dur­ing his meet­ing with Macron at the an­nual G20 Sum­mit in Ham­burg, Ger­many.

Xi said the two coun­tries should deepen co­op­er­a­tion in nu­clear en­ergy, aero­space and other tra­di­tional ar­eas, while ex­plor­ing co­op­er­a­tion in new ar­eas such as agri­cul­tural foods, fi­nance and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, thus mak­ing the “pie” of their com­mon in­ter­ests even big­ger.

The two coun­tries should in­crease high-level ex­changes and take into ac­count each other’s core in­ter­ests and ma­jor con­cerns based on the prin­ci­ples of mu­tual re­spect, trust, un­der­stand­ing and ac­com­mo­da­tion, Xi said.

“The China-France re­la­tion­ship has be­come in­creas­ingly strate­gic un­der the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

“It is our shared his­tor­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity to main­tain and pro­mote the China-France com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship.”

On China’s re­la­tions with the Eu­ro­pean Union, Xi said that China hopes France will con­tinue to play a lead­ing role and make more con­tri­bu­tions to China-EU trade and twoway in­vest­ment in or­der to achieve mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion.

China will earnestly ful­fill its obli­ga­tions in the Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change in light of its own re­quire­ments for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, he added.

Macron said that France highly val­ues the France-China com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship and re­gards China as an im­por­tant part­ner for co­op­er­a­tion and an im­por­tant force in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs.

France is will­ing to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with China in a wide range of ar­eas, in­clud­ing econ­omy and trade, in­vest­ment, nu­clear en­ergy, auto man­u­fac­tur­ing and food, he said.

Wang Yi­wei, di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs at Ren­min Univer­sity of China, said China and France can ex­pand new ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion in marine prod­ucts, third-party mar­kets, aero­space, in­forma­ti­za­tion, tourism and cli­mate change

“This is the Year of Chi­naEurope Mar­itime Co­op­er­a­tion. China and France can co­op­er­ate in ar­eas like marine pro­tec­tion, marine prod­ucts, mar­itime dis­as­ter re­lief and other as­pects,” he said.

It is our shared his­tor­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity to main­tain and pro­mote the China-France com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship.” Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping

Zhou Jin con­trib­uted to this story.

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