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Bilateral relations/international issues/meeing with the Chinese Foreign Minister

Published on November 4, 2013
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, October 30, 2013

On Wednesday 30 October the French President had a meeting with Mr Wang Yi, the Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, during his first visit to France and Europe. He told him of his desire to hold regular political discussions between our two countries at the highest level in order to provide a concrete reflection of the relaunch of our comprehensive strategic partnership, decided on with President Xi Jinping during the French President’s visit to Beijing and Shanghai in April 2013. He stressed his desire for our two countries to work together on organizing the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and the People’s Republic of China in 2014.

The Head of State recalled France’s desire to make progress in formative sectors of our strategic partnership and continue the rebalancing of our trade by developing cooperation in new sectors. He welcomed the results already obtained to this effect in the fields of the food industry and town planning. He also welcomed the signature on 10 October by the European Central Bank and the Chinese central bank of a swap agreement contributing to the internationalization of the Chinese currency, an agreement which France was the first to support.

The French President spoke about the main international crises and voiced his determination to maintain close consultation with China on Syria, Iran and North Korea. He thanked Mr Wang Yi for China’s positive involvement in resolving regional crises in Africa and reiterated his determination to strengthen Franco-Chinese cooperation for the development of that continent. Finally, the Head of State emphasized his desire to involve China closely in the preparation of the 2015 Climate Conference./.

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