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Li Keqiang Meets with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France

On May 16, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France, who was paying an official visit to China.

Li Keqiang expressed that China and France have high-level political mutual trust, broad and in-depth practical cooperation in various fields, as well as increasingly closer contact in people-to-people and cultural exchanges and other areas. Attaching great importance to developing relations with France, the Chinese government stands ready to carry out in-depth cooperation with France in nuclear energy and other areas, expand mutual investment, actively explore third-party market cooperation, and strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, so as to make China-France mutually beneficial cooperation not only boost economic development of respective countries, but also provide assistance in world economic recovery and growth.

Li Keqiang introduced current economic and financial situation of China at inquiry. He pointed out that the Chinese economy has seen an overall stable operation, with good momentum in structural adjustment, transformation as well as upgrade. The finance sector is operating steadily and the debt is within a controllable level. Although the world economy is experiencing a sluggish recovery, and China is still dealing with multiple difficulties and challenges in development, through comprehensive and in-depth reform as well as actively expanding opening up, we are capable of keeping economic performance within a reasonable range, maintaining sound economic fundamentals in a long run, preventing systematic financial risks and maintaining financial stability.

Jean-Marc Ayrault said that France is optimistic about China's economic development prospects and full of confidence in the future development of France-China relations and cooperation. France is willing to conduct close high-level exchanges with China, and continue to promote communication and cooperation in such fields as nuclear energy, electricity and people-to-people and cultural exchanges. The two sides should strengthen multilateral communication and coordination, so as to promote France-China relations to constantly achieve new progress.

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