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Li Keqiang Holds Talks with Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve of France, Stressing to Uphold Mutual Respect, Equal Cooperation, Mutual Benefit and Win-Win Results to Achieve In-depth Integration of Interests


On the afternoon of February 21, 2017, Premier Li Keqiang held talks at the Great Hall of the People with Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve of France, who was paying an official visit to China.

Li Keqiang expressed that China-France relations enjoy sound development and always walk in the forefront of China's relations with Western countries. China is willing to, together with France, view and manage China-France relations from the strategic perspective and develop bilateral relations by upholding the concept of mutual respect, equal cooperation, mutual benefit and win-win results. Both as permanent members of the UN Security Council, China and France share extensive common interests and responsibilities. Under the current complicated and ever-changing international political and economic situations, it is necessary for both countries to conduct in-depth communication and coordination, deepen cooperation in various fields, jointly cope with risks and challenges, send the strong signal of being committed to safeguarding peace and stability and advancing development to the world, and deal with uncertainties with stability.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China is ready to work with France to continue to take the whole world in view while based on bilateral relations so as to achieve in-depth integration of the interests. Both sides should mainly deepen cooperation in the whole industrial chain of nuclear energy, steadily push forward the China-France-UK Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project, discuss the joint development of other third-party nuclear power market, expand cooperation in aviation and aerospace, deepen cooperation in green industry to cope with climate change, speed up the eco-city project in Wuhan, and explore cooperation in the whole industrial chain of agriculture as well as cooperation in new areas covering medicine, health and how to cope with an aging society.

Li Keqiang stressed that China and France both have profound historical and cultural accumulation and share great potential in people-to-people and cultural engagement. The two countries could deepen cooperation in science, technology, culture, health, sports and other fields, well implement the "1,000 interns" program and the Mutual Recognition Agreement of Driving License of China and France and others signed during this visit in a bid to better facilitate bilateral personnel exchanges. It is hoped that the French side will provide more security assurance and convenient service for Chinese tourists.

Li Keqiang noted that Europe is an important polar in the multi-polar world. China stands ready to, together with Europe, integrate development strategies and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in order to jointly facilitate the prosperity and development in the Eurasian continent and the world. The Chinese side always firmly supports the European integration process, and hopes to see a united, prosperous and stable EU, which is not only conducive to China-France relations and China-EU relations, but also is beneficial for the development of multilateralism and globalization. The EU should comprehensively and completely fulfill its commitments in the Protocol on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization (WTO), properly handle disputes with equal consultations and create conditions for the healthy and stable development of China-EU practical cooperation.

Bernard Cazeneuve said that France and China enjoy a long history in exchanges, profound friendship and strong vitality. Bilateral cooperation on civil nuclear energy has scored remarkable achievements. The agricultural cooperation faces broad opportunities, and cooperation in sustainable industries, including environmental protection is of demonstrative value. In the current international situation, France and China should further enhance bilateral exchanges and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation. France is willing to work with China to enhance cooperation in politics, economy, trade, investment, science, technology, agriculture, nuclear energy, environmental protection, education and other fields, jointly safeguard trade liberalization and resolve protectionism. Europe and China share extensive common interests. It is believed that the two sides could find proper solutions on fulfilling the obligations in Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the WTO. The French side is willing to make efforts to this end to promote the development of Europe-China relations.

Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern.

Before the talks, Li Keqiang held a welcoming ceremony for Bernard Cazeneuve at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Wang Jiarui and others were present.

After the talks, the Chinese Premier and the French Prime Minister jointly witnessed the signing of multiple cooperation documents covering nuclear energy, science, technology, personnel exchanges and other areas.

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