China, France vow to enhance parliamentary cooperation

15:11, June 20, 2010      

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Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo met with Speaker of the French National Assembly Bernard Accoyer Sunday with both sides vowing to enhance parliamentary cooperation.

"We should give full play to the role of parliamentary exchanges and cooperation to develop China-France ties. We should also keep in close communication at all levels," said Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature.

He urged the two sides to make use of the established regular exchange mechanism and have in-depth discussions on major issues of common concern.

He also urged the strengthening of mutual trust and more cooperation to promote the China-France all-round strategic partnership.

Accoyer said the French National Assembly hopes to have a closer relationship with the NPC.

He said active parliamentary exchange between China and France will give a strong impetus to the development of bilateral relations.

The two parliamentary leaders also discussed China-France ties at the meeting.

Wu said a long-term, sound and stable strategic partnership is in the interests of both peoples.

The two sides should respect each other and have candid communication to expand their common interests and strengthen mutual trust, he added.

China and France should expand their dialogue on major international issues to develop the strategic partnership, he added.

He also called on the two countries to establish a close, long-term and sustainable trade partnership, saying the two sides should combine France's advanced technology and management experience with China's large market and successful companies.

Accoyer echoed Wu saying the French side will actively cooperate with China, both bilaterally and multilaterally.

Besides visiting Beijing, Accoyer will attend French National Pavilion Day activities at the Shanghai Expo on Monday.

Source: Xinhua


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