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Xi Jinping Meets with President Emmanuel Macron of France

On July 8, 2017 local time, President Xi Jinping met with President Emmanuel Macron of France in Hamburg.

Xi Jinping pointed out that both China and France are permanent members of the UN Security Council that pursue an independent foreign policy, safeguard the international order with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter as core, and advocate exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations. The strategic significance of China-France relations has been further strengthened under the current situation. Political mutual trust is the foundation and guarantee of stable development of China-France relations. Deploitation and innovation are fountains to maintain vigor of bilateral relations forever, and fruitful international cooperation is an important feature of China-France cooperation. China is willing to work with France to continuously view bilateral relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective, so as to promote China-France relations for better development.

Xi Jinping stressed that it is both countries' shared historical responsibilities to well maintain and develop the China-France comprehensive strategic partnership. The two countries should increase high-level exchanges and truly respect and take care of each other's core interests and major concerns based on the spirits of mutual respect, mutual trust, mutual understanding and mutual accommodation, in a bid to make joint efforts to safeguard the stable development of bilateral relations. The two sides should enhance the docking of development strategies, deepen cooperation in nuclear energy, aerospace and other traditional areas, while exploring cooperation in emerging areas such as agricultural food, finance and sustainable development, so as to enlarge the pie of common interests. Both countries should enhance communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, and jointly push for the peaceful settlement of global and regional hotspot issues.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China stands ready to develop a long-term and stable cooperative relations with the European Union (EU), and hopes France would continue to play an active leading role in this regard and make more contributions to expanding the China-EU trade, and advancing two-way investment, in a bid to realize mutual benefit and win-win results at a high level. Pursuing a green, low-carbon and sustainable development path championed in the Paris Agreement on climate change conforms to China's ecological civilization construction and the country's latest development concept. China will earnestly fulfill its due obligations in the agreement in light of its own requirements for sustainable development.

Emmanuel Macron expressed that he agreed with President Xi Jinping's evaluation on bilateral relations. The two countries enjoy a long history of friendship and bilateral relations are at the best ever in history. The French side highly values the France-China comprehensive strategic partnership and regards China as an important partner of cooperation and an important force in international affairs. The French side is willing to enhance cooperation with China in a wide range of areas, including economy, trade, investment, nuclear energy, auto manufacturing and food. France and China share similar stances on major international issues, and the two countries should intensify communication and coordination within the UN and other multilateral frameworks to jointly promote world peace and prosperity

Wang Huning, Wang Yang, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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