On October 31, 2016, President Xi Jinping met with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France at the Great Hall of the People.

Xi Jinping pointed out that I held a successful meeting with President Francois Hollande in Hangzhou last month, reaching new and important consensus on developing China-France comprehensive strategic partnership. To promote greater development of bilateral relations, both sides should adhere to mutual respect, mutual support, mutual benefit, win-win results, pioneering spirit and innovation, and make them basic guiding principles of bilateral relations. Both sides should well carry out the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant in the UK as well as other major projects, and comprehensively expand cooperation in such areas as trade, investment and finance to deepen the integration of interests. Both sides should enrich people-to-people and cultural exchanges, expand local cooperation, promote personnel exchanges and enhance mutual understanding and acknowledgment. China and France should strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs and jointly advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and outcomes of the G20 Hangzhou Summit, so as to play a greater role in addressing development and hotspot issues.

Xi Jinping stressed that China has always valued its relations with the EU from a strategic perspective and firmly supports the European integration process. China is willing to deeply push forward the construction of China-EU four major partnerships. We expect the French side to play a more positive role to this end. China hopes that France will continue to support and facilitate the docking between the “Belt and Road” initiative and Europe’s development strategies.

Jean-Marc Ayrault congratulated China on successfully hosting the G20 Hangzhou Summit again and thanked China for its outstanding contributions to reaching the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He said that it is very important to maintain close high-level exchanges between both sides. France actively supports the “Belt and Road” initiative, and is willing to work with China to strengthen economic, trade and investment ties, properly implement the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant and other major projects, explore mutually beneficial cooperation in such areas as medicine, health, sustainable development and urban construction, as well as deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges in education, film, television and other fields. The French side stands ready to reinforce cooperation with China within the UN Security Council and other multilateral frameworks, and believes that the EU should continue to be a reliable partner for China.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

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