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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France

On February 18, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

Wang Yi firstly appreciated Jean-Marc Ayrault's public support to the one-China principle declared recently and expressed that China-France relations continuously maintain a sound development momentum. Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve of France will visit China soon, which will be the first high-level exchange between the two countries this year, testifying the close relations between the two countries. The Chinese side is willing to intensify cooperation with the French side to ensure the complete success of the visit. Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve's visit will help send the positive signal to the international community about enhancing strategic communication and coordination between the two countries as well as between China and Europe under the current international situation. China consistently supports the European integration process and is willing to jointly work with the European side to make greater contributions to promoting world peace and development.

Jean-Marc Ayrault expressed that maintaining high-level mutual visits and strengthening strategic dialogues between the two sides are of realistic significance. As permanent members of the UN Security Council, France and China should jointly safeguard multilateralism. The G20 Hangzhou Summit has achieved positive results and both sides are expected to enhance cooperation within the G20 framework.

Both sides also exchanged views on the European situation and other issues of common concern.

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