China, France to safe­guard mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHOU JIN zhou­jin@chi­

China and France agreed on Thurs­day to safe­guard mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and pro­mote the re­form of in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions such as the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The two coun­tries should strengthen strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­or­di­na­tion to main­tain the free trade sys­tem, mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and the ex­ist­ing in­ter­na­tional or­der, State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said at a joint news con­fer­ence af­ter meet­ing in Beijing with French For­eign Min­is­ter Jean-Yves Le Drian.

The visit is Le Drian’s fourth since he be­came for­eign min­is­ter. He will co-chair the 25th meet­ing of the Joint Com­mit­tee of China-France Trade and Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion with Min­is­ter of Com­merce Zhong Shan on Fri­day.

Wang noted that the two coun­tries will strengthen co­op­er­a­tion un­der the frame­work of the United Na­tions and tackle global chal­lenges like the Iran nu­clear is­sue, cli­mate change and the re­form of the WTO.

China sup­ports ef­forts to re­form and im­prove the WTO to make it more fair, ef­fec­tive and rea­son­able, Wang said, adding that re­forms should honor the core value of the or­ga­ni­za­tion and pro­tect the le­git­i­mate in­ter­ests of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

The re­forms should also up­hold the spirit of con­sen­sus, as well as lis­ten to and re­spect the will of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, he added.

China is happy to see France play a pos­i­tive role in this process and will main­tain com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the coun­try, he said.

Wang said that the two coun­tries will ex­plore co­op­er­a­tion in ex­pand­ing third­party mar­kets and pro­mote the con­struc­tion of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive to bet­ter align with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Paris Agree­ment and the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment of the United Na­tions.

China will work with France to pro­mote high-qual­ity green and sus­tain­able prac­tices, he said.

Le Drian said that France will strengthen co­op­er­a­tion with China on ma­jor in­ter­na­tional is­sues, ex­pand bi­lat­eral trade to achieve more bal­ance and pro­mote peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes.

The cur­rent in­ter­na­tional sit­u­a­tion is fac­ing many crises, he said, adding that France and China play im­por­tant roles in solv­ing in­ter­na­tional prob­lems.

France will boost co­op­er­a­tion with China in ar­eas like civil nu­clear en­ergy, aero­space and tourism, Le Drian added.

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