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Li Keqiang Meets with President Francois Hollande of France

On the afternoon of September 20, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met in New York with President Francois Hollande of France.

Li Keqiang first conveyed President Xi Jinping’s sincere greetings to President Francois Hollande, and expressed that China-France relations maintain a momentum of healthy and rapid development. Under current international political and economic situations, the importance of deepening strategic communication and practical cooperation between China and France becomes more prominent. Both sides should stick to mutual respect as well as equal treatment, intensify high-level exchanges and consolidate political mutual trust, so as to push for the steady development of China-France relations.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China is willing to work with France to achieve further progress in such fields as aviation, nuclear power, and third-party market cooperation. We attach importance to and support China-France cooperation in the full industrial chain of nuclear power, and are willing to, together with all relevant parties, advance the smooth implementation of the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project and promote more substantial progress from China-France cooperation in the third-party market. It is hoped that both sides could continue enhancing bilateral coordination and cooperation in international affairs and play a positive role in boosting world peace and development.

Francois Hollande said that France-China relations have always been at the forefront of western countries’ relations with China. The French side regards China as a good friend and has full confidence in the prospects of the Chinese economy. The country is willing to strengthen cooperation in nuclear power, agriculture, finance, tourism, third-party market and other areas with China. France appreciates China’s contribution to combating climate change. The Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project is of great significance. It is hoped that all parties can jointly step up cooperation and facilitate the success of the project.

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