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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France
2018-09-13

On September 13, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France.

Wang Yi expressed that President Emmanuel Macron came to China for a state visit for the first time this January, during which President Xi Jinping and President Emmanuel Macron made comprehensive plans for the development of China-France comprehensive strategic partnership in the new period. Over the past six months or more, China and France have maintained close exchanges, communication and coordination and actively implemented the consensus reached by the two heads of state, with positive progress made in cooperation in major projects. This year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up. We hope that France will continue to work hand in hand with the Chinese side in the process of China's further reform and opening up, just as the two sides have done in achieving the common progress over the past 40 years. Next year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the 100th anniversary of the Chinese work-study program in France, which is of special significance for China-France relations. The Chinese side is willing to strengthen high-level exchanges with the French side and coordinate cooperation in various fields.

Wang Yi noted that the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative is gaining more extensive support. We insist on extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, uphold openness, transparency and inclusiveness, and pursue green, environment-friendly and sustainable development with high quality and high standards, which are in line with many concepts of the French side. The Chinese side is willing to strengthen mutual communication with the French side on the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, discuss new ways of cooperation including joint exploration of third-party markets, inject new strong impetus into the development of China-France relations, and join hands to build a more prosperous and stable Eurasia.

Wang Yi expressed that since the beginning of this year, as international situation has become more complex and ever-changing, multilateralism has faced challenges, and international rules have been challenged. Both China and France are responsible major countries and share a common pursuit of peace and stability, openness and cooperation, and development and progress. We are willing to work with the French side to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation and make respective contributions to safeguarding multilateralism, improving global governance, and promoting world peace and development.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said that France-China relations are characterized by mutual trust and constructive dialogue and cooperation. The two countries have maintained frequent and close high-level exchanges, fully reflecting the high level of and vigorous prospects for France-China relations. The French side stands ready to work with the Chinese side to earnestly implement the outcomes from President Emmanuel Macron's visit to China and promote more progress in bilateral cooperation in various fields. The French side thanked the Chinese side for its introduction of the Belt and Road Initiative and expressed that the introduction enhanced the French side's understanding and recognition of the Initiative. The French side is ready to discuss the cooperation approaches focusing on the Belt and Road Initiative with the Chinese side. At present, unilateralism and power politics in the world are on the rise. France adheres to multilateralism and is willing to strengthen coordination and cooperation with the Chinese side to consolidate the international multilateral system and endow it with new vitality.

The two sides exchanged in-depth views on regional hotspot issues including the Syrian issue and the Iranian nuclear issue.

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