Na­tion to boost eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion with France

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Top News - By CHEN WEIHUA in Paris chen­wei­[email protected]­

China and France vowed to fur­ther ex­pand their eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial co­op­er­a­tion in a bid to deepen their com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship.

Vice-Pre­mier Hu Chun­hua and French Econ­omy and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Bruno Le Maire co-chaired the Sixth China-France High-Level Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Di­a­logue in Paris over the week­end.

Hu ex­pressed that re­la­tions be­tween China and France have un­der­gone healthy and stable de­vel­op­ment in the past years, with no­table achieve­ments made in prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields.

He noted that when Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron met at the G20 Sum­mit on Dec 1, they reached a num­ber of im­por­tant con­sen­suses on the key is­sues of China-France co­op­er­a­tion.

Hu said that both sides should im­ple­ment these im­por­tant con­sen­suses, pro­mote in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion un­der the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, bol­ster bi­lat­eral pol­icy com­mu­ni­ca­tion, strengthen prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion on large projects and ex­pand new ar­eas for co­op­er­a­tion un­der a mul­ti­lat­eral frame­work, to in­ject new mo­men­tum to the Chi­naFrance com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship.

Le Maire said France greatly values the de­vel­op­ment of Chi­naFrance re­la­tions and the suc­cess­ful meet­ing of the two heads of state at the G20 Sum­mit will open a new chap­ter in the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship.

He said that France boasts a unique ad­van­tage in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the BRI and is will­ing to en­hance prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion with China in trade, tech­nol­ogy, agri­cul­ture, fi­nance, cli­mate change and other eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial fields.

The two coun­tries iden­ti­fied 68 ar­eas for mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion in a jointly re­leased fact sheet.

In Paris on Fri­day, Hu also at­tended the Fourth Silk Road Fo­rum, which fo­cused on global sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, the BRI and the United Na­tions 2030 Agenda on Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment. It was hosted by the Re­search De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter of the State Coun­cil, De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Eco­nomic Co-op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, United Na­tions In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tion and Cen­ter for In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment based in Bel­grade, Ser­bia.

The fo­rum drew hun­dreds of cur­rent and for­mer of­fi­cials from gov­ern­ment and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, busi­ness lead­ers and pun­dits to com­pare notes on sub­jects such as the BRI and open global econ­omy, low-car­bon de­vel­op­ment, tech­no­log­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion, in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment.

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