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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France

On May 16, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France in Paris.

Wang Yi said that President Emmanuel Macron paid a successful visit to China in January this year. The two heads of state confirmed the important guiding principle for the development of China-France relations in the new period and made comprehensive plans for cooperation in various fields. China attaches importance to the international status and influence of France and to the development of China-France relations. The Chinese side is willing to work with the French side to well implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state and continuously inject new connotations into China-France comprehensive strategic partnership. The two sides should take the opportunities of cooperation in the existing major projects, China's new round of opening up and the holding of China-France Year of the Environment to comprehensively deepen bilateral practical cooperation in such fields as nuclear energy, aviation and aerospace, innovation, artificial intelligence, digital economy and environment. China welcomes France to more actively participate in the "Belt and Road" construction, and stands ready to discuss with the French side the specific ways and means of cooperation with a focus on carrying out the third-party market cooperation, so as to provide new impetus for expanding China-France cooperation.

Wang Yi expressed that the current international situation is full of uncertainties. As permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, China and France need to strengthen strategic communication and coordination in a bid to better deal with all kinds of challenges and jointly provide positive energy for the promotion of world peace and stability. China supports the European integration process and is willing to make joint efforts with France to jointly promote the sound and stable development of China-Europe relations.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said that President Emmanuel Macron's visit to China has yielded fruitful results, charting the course for future cooperation between the two countries. Both sides should make joint efforts to implement the consensus of the two heads of state. France is willing to continue to maintain high-level exchanges with China and strengthen practical cooperation in such fields as economy and trade, environmental protection, civilian nuclear energy and innovation. The French side stands ready to more actively participate in the "Belt and Road" construction and discuss carrying out the third-party market cooperation in more countries, so as to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results. France is ready to play an active role in promoting the further development of Europe-China relations.

The two sides exchanged in-depth views on international and regional hotspot issues of common concern, including the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the Iranian nuclear issue, and the situation in the Middle East. Wang Yi expounded China's relevant principled stances and emphasized that all parties should cherish the momentum of relaxation that has recently appeared on the Korean Peninsula, meet each other halfway, and seek a solution for achieving the denuclearization and the long-term stability on the Korean Peninsula in line with the "dual-track approach". China will play a positive and constructive role in promoting the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed that France appreciates the important role China has played in promoting the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. France supports the realization of the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. All parties should make joint efforts to find a package solution that will be advanced stage by stage. It is completely necessary to safeguard the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear issue. As long as Iran continues to honor its commitments, France will continue to implement the JCPOA while safeguarding with all-out efforts the legitimate interests of French companies in Iran. All parties should work hard to maintain the multilateral system and resolve trade frictions through dialogue and negotiation within the framework of the World Trade Organization instead of resorting to unilateralism.

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