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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France

On September 19, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France during his attendance at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Wang Yi noted that China-France comprehensive strategic partnership has maintained a sound development momentum since President Emmanuel Macron took office. The Chinese side is willing to continuously uphold the concept of practicality, openness, mutual benefit, win-win results, and of forging ahead and making innovation to deepen all-round cooperation with France. China appreciates France for sending senior representatives to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing this May, and hopes the French side to make more positive contributions to the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”.

Wang Yi pointed out that appreciating France for upholding an independent foreign policy, and cherishing the tradition of China-France cooperation in international affairs, the Chinese side is willing to, together with France, safeguard the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, push forward peaceful settlement of disputes, maintain open world economy, and oppose protectionism in all forms. China stands ready to strengthen cooperation with France in tackling climate change to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Agreeing with Wang Yi’s appraisal on bilateral relations as well as his vision of deepening cooperation, Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed that the French side stands ready to, together with China, well plan bilateral high-level exchanges in the next phase, advance bilateral cooperation in major projects, and deepen bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership. As permanent members of the UN Security Council, France and China should further enhance multilateral cooperation, and promote the UN Security Council to play a prominent role in settling international hotspot issues. France thanks and appreciates China’s contributions to formulating the Paris Agreement, and stands ready to, together with China, promote the international community to increase its efforts in tackling climate change. The country proposes to formulate the Global Pact for the Environment, and hopes China could actively participate in it.

In regard to the Korean Peninsula situation, Wang Yi expressed that China resolutely opposes the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s nuclear missile development, firmly advances the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, persists in peaceful settlement of the issue, and sticks to the international nuclear non-proliferation regime. China has always comprehensively and completely implemented the UN Security Council resolutions concerning the DPRK, and fully fulfilled its international obligations. The rhetoric that China does not play a competent role is baseless, and imposing unilateral sanctions on China on this excuse is even more unreasonable.

Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed that France is concerned about the current continuous tension on the Peninsula, and believes that military measures are not a choice to solve the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. The goal of sanctions is to promote peace talks. Only through dialogue, consultation, and diplomatic measures, can the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue be ultimately and effectively solved. The French side will promote the international community to integrally implement the UN Security Council resolutions concerning the DPRK, and stands ready to maintain communication with China on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

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