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State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Co-Chairs the 20th China-France Strategic Dialogue with French President's Foreign Policy Advisor Emmanuel Bonne
2020/07/15

On 15 July, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi co-chaired the 20th China-France strategic dialogue with French President's foreign policy advisor Emmanuel Bonne.

Wang noted that the close communication between President Xi Jinping and President Macron since the onset of COVID-19 attests to the deep political trust between China and France and the good working relations between the two leaders. The two countries have enjoyed good cooperation on medical supplies and anti-epidemic experience sharing, further enriching their comprehensive strategic partnership. Going forward, while keeping containment measures in place, China and France need to cast their eyes at the post COVID-19 era, step up strategic communication and cooperation, and give fresh impetus to this relationship.

China and France are both permanent members of the UN Security Council and major countries that value independence. The significance of this relationship goes far beyond the bilateral scope. In a world fraught with uncertainties and changes rarely seen in a century, China and France should serve as major sources of stability. The two sides can and should make cooperation the defining feature and driving force of their relationship. On China's part, it is prepared to work with France to make meticulous plans for high-level visits, advance practical cooperation across the board, make good use of the "fast track" for personnel exchanges and keep industrial and supply chains stable.

Wang mentioned the recent successful 22nd China-EU Summit, during which President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang met with the new leaders of the EU institutions via video link for the first time, and the string of important consensus reached at the summit. Wang said that China places great importance on the EU and on China-EU relations. China welcome a more united, stable and prosperous EU and supports deeper European integration. And it hopes to see China-EU economic ties playing an exemplary role, delivering more win-win outcomes to the benefit of people on both sides and across the world.

Bonne echoed the view that, both being permanent members of the Security Council, China and France are duty-bound to enhance strategic cooperation in the complex and fluid international environment. France has effectively contained COVID-19 with strict measures and is working hard to minimize its impact in the political, economic and social spheres. Looking ahead, it is indeed important for France and China to step up strategic cooperation in a broad range of areas.

Bonne expressed France's readiness to maintain high-level interactions with China and bolster cooperation in such areas as civil nuclear energy, infectious diseases and aviation. France will provide an open and non-discriminatory investment environment for Chinese businesses. He also said that the EU hopes to carry out win-win cooperation with China and France will play a constructive role toward that end.

The two sides agreed to resume regular flights between China and France as soon as conditions permit.

The two sides also agreed to advance the negotiations on the China-EU investment treaty, work for the early signing of the China-EU agreement on geographical indications, intensify China-EU cooperation in areas such as climate change and biodiversity, and uphold multilateralism with concrete actions.

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