The French President hosted the Premier of China, Mr Li Keqiang, for a meeting followed by lunch during his first official visit to France.
He welcomed the calibre and dynamism of the comprehensive Franco-Chinese strategic partnership in every sphere. Very significant progress has already been made since relations between France and China were revitalized during the French President’s state visit in 2013 and President Xi Jinping’s in 2014.
The French President welcomed China’s announcement of its national contribution for COP21, which confirms its commitment to build an “ecological civilization”. He thanked the Chinese Premier for ensuring that this announcement came from Paris, as a sign of support and confidence in COP21’s success.
In the economic sphere, the French President reiterated his desire to move forward on formative sectors of our partnership, particularly civilian nuclear energy and aerospace, and continue rebalancing our trade by increasing French businesses’ exports to China and Chinese growth- and job-creating investments in France, which are building a positive momentum.
Franco-Chinese cooperation with regard to third countries should also enable our two countries to conquer new markets together. The President and the Chinese Premier decided to create a Franco-Chinese fund for cooperation on third countries, particularly supporting projects linked to the fight against climate change and to green growth.
The Head of State welcomed the results already obtained in new sectors of cooperation, particularly agrifoods and urban development. He signalled his desire to continue financial cooperation between France and China to support the internationalization of the yuan.
He expressed his wish to build on the momentum created for developing people-to-people exchanges between France and China, particularly in the fields of academic cooperation and tourism./.