Chinese vice premier vows to expand cooperation with France

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Chinese vice premier vows to expand cooperation with France
Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (R) shakes hands with Jean-David Levitte, a diplomatic adviser to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, during their meeting in Beijing, capital of China, on Sept. 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday pledged to work with France to expand cooperation and enhance bilateral exchanges.

"We should work together to achieve common development," Li said when meeting with Jean-David Levitte, a diplomatic adviser to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Sino-French ties have grown in strength recently, Li said, noting that to further promote the relationship is helpful for both sides and conducive to the China-EU ties and the world at large.

French President Sarkozy paid a visit to China in April this year. During the visit, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Sarkozy agreed to promote the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations.

Li hoped the two nations would fulfill the important consensus reached by the top leadership, adhere to the strategic nature of bilateral ties, and regard each other's development as an opportunity.

China supports France in its hosting of the G20 Summit next year, and will strengthen coordination with France in reform of global governance and in other major global issues, Li noted.

Levitte said France values its relations with China, and would join with China to enhance bilateral cooperation in various sectors and increase coordination in G20 and other multilateral frameworks.

Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Levitte on Saturday exchanged views on China-France ties and international situation.

Source: Xinhua
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