Li: China, France ties back sta­bil­ity

Pre­mier says their co­op­er­a­tion in­flu­ences pros­per­ity of world

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China and France, both ma­jor economies and per­ma­nent mem­bers of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, should work to­gether for the sta­bil­ity, de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity of the world, Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang said when meet­ing French Min­is­ter for Europe and For­eign Af­fairs Jean-Yves Le Drian in Bei­jing on Fri­day.

France is an im­por­tant coun­try in the Euro­pean Union, Li said, adding that the sig­nif­i­cance of Chi­naFrance ties go be­yond the scope of the two coun­tries and have an in­flu­ence on the world.

Bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion is de­vel­op­ing steadily in var­i­ous fields, and the co­op­er­a­tion in nu­clear power has con­tin­ued suc­cess­fully for 30 years, the pre­mier said.

There is great po­ten­tial for the two coun­tries to de­velop in a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial way, and China hopes to pro­mote all-around and prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion with France, so that peo­ple of both coun­tries will bet­ter ben­e­fit from the de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral ties, Li added.

Le Drian, who co-hosted the 25th Chi­nese-French Joint Com­mis­sion on Trade and In­vest­ment with Min­is­ter of Com­merce Zhong Shan in Bei­jing on Fri­day, told Li that the chang­ing and com­plex in­ter­na­tional cir­cum­stances make bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in­creas­ingly sig­nif­i­cant.

France and China are both in fa­vor of mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism, and they sup­port the set­tle­ment of dif­fer­ences through po­lit­i­cal means, Le Drian said, adding that his coun­try hopes to strengthen strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tion and prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion with China.

This is the fourth trip Le Drian has made to China since he be­came the French for­eign min­is­ter. He met State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi on Thurs­day.

Le Drian told Wang that France hopes to work with China to im­ple­ment the out­comes of French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s visit to China in Jan­uary as well as to in­ject new im­pe­tus in in­ter­na­tional mul­ti­lat­eral sys­tems, ac­cord­ing to a For­eign Min­istry state­ment.

In a joint news con­fer­ence on Thurs­day, Wang said he and Le Drian agreed that the two coun­tries should com­pre­hen­sively im­ple­ment the con­sen­sus their lead­ers have reached and main­tain the strong mo­men­tum of the de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral ties.

The two also agreed that their coun­tries should strengthen strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion in a time of mount­ing uni­lat­er­al­ism and pro­tec­tion­ism, Wang said.

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