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Yang Jiechi Meets with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France

On May 16, 2016, State Councilor Yang Jiechi met at Zhongnanhai with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France.

Yang Jiechi stated that over 50 years ago, Chairman Mao Zedong and General Charles de Gaulle jointly made the historic decision to establish China-France diplomatic relations with exceptional foresight and vision, endowing China-France relations with unique strategic connotation. Against current complex and complicated international situation, we should view and grasp bilateral relations from a strategic height, stay on the correct track of the development of bilateral relations, respect and support each other's core interests and major concerns, deepen exchanges and cooperation in economy, trade, technology, nuclear power, people-to-people and cultural exchanges and other areas and properly handle disputes so as to ensure the long-term, healthy and stable development of China-France comprehensive strategic partnership. China welcomes President Fran├žois Hollande to attend the G20 Hangzhou Summit in China, and stands ready to carry on close cooperation with France to jointly ensure the complete success of the summit. As permanent members of the UN Security Council and major countries with independent diplomatic tradition, China and France shoulder special and significant responsibilities of safeguarding world peace and stability as well as promoting common development. China is willing to continue to enhance coordination and cooperation with France in international affairs. China supports the European integration process.

Jean-Marc Ayrault expressed that France and China enjoy friendly relations. The French side is willing to, together with China, continue to intensify high-level exchanges, deepen practical cooperation in various fields, and enhance communication and coordination in climate change, G20 affairs, regional hotspot issues and other topics. France has full confidence in China's economic development. President Fran├žois Hollande looks forward to attending the G20 Hangzhou Summit.

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