French President Emmanuel Macron Meets with Wang Yi
2024-02-21 21:58

On February 20, 2024 local time, French President Emmanuel Macron met with visiting Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Paris.

Wang Yi first conveyed President Xi Jinping's cordial greetings, saying that the two heads of state have built strong mutual trust and sincere friendship, and charted the course for the development of bilateral strategic cooperation, exerting important and positive influence on the world. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France, which is of great significance as it provides both sides a chance to review bilateral relations and chart the way forward. The two sides should take this opportunity to sum up the experience of the extraordinary journey the two countries have gone through, carry forward the useful experience and successful practices, and jointly plan the next 60 years of China-France relations. China is ready to work with France to uphold the original aspiration, stay focused, deepen cooperation, and open up the future.

Wang Yi said that pragmatic cooperation between China and France brings important benefits to the people of both countries. China is committed to high-quality development and advancing high-standard opening-up, and will continue to open its market to all countries in the world, including France. Wang Yi also expressed the hope that the French side will create a fair and just business environment and provide positive, stable, and long-term expectations for Chinese enterprises in France.

Macron asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings to President Xi Jinping and wishes the Chinese people all the best in the Year of the Dragon. Recalling with pleasure his successful visit to China last year, Macron said he looks forward to working with China to make preparations for high-level exchanges this year, and hopes that the two sides will take the opportunity of the France-China Strategic Dialogue to deliver on the important common understandings reached by him and President Xi Jinping, and further grow lasting and close France-China relations. France has always pursued the one-China policy, and this position is clear. In the face of global challenges, France adheres to strategic independence and is willing to strengthen strategic coordination with China to jointly safeguard peace and stability.

Wang Yi said that the current international situation is turbulent, hotspot issues are complex and thorny, the world economic recovery is slow, and challenges come one after another. As independent major countries, permanent members of the UN Security Council and important forces in a multipolar world, China and France should strengthen strategic coordination and deepen strategic cooperation to contribute to global peace and stability. China appreciates France's adherence to independence and autonomy, and hopes that France will continue to play a constructive role in the sound and steady development of China-Europe relations, enhance mutual trust, promote convergence of interests, and jointly act as a force of stability in today's world.

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