Chinese, French presidents meet on bilateral ties

08:01, November 05, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (L front) shakes hands with French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R front) in Paris, France, Nov. 4, 2010. Hu Jintao held talks with Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris on Thursday. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Chinese President Hu Jintao and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy met in Paris Thursday for talks on promoting the development of comprehensive strategic partnership between China and France.

The two leaders were to exchange views on major world and regional issues of common concern, Chinese officials said.

"In the face of complicated and profound changes in the international situation, Hu and his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy, would discuss how to work together to highlight the strategic nature and the overall importance of the partnership between the two countries," said Kong Quan, Chinese ambassador to France in an interview with Chinese reporters last Monday.

"The two sides will also explore and decide ways of bilateral cooperation which lays stress on the spirit of times and creativity," he added.

The ambassador said that the two countries will sign a number of cooperation deals during Hu's visit.

Hu, who arrived earlier in the day for his second state visit to France, will attend the signing ceremony for cooperation documents following the talks, according to his schedule.

China and France have conducted fruitful cooperation in civilian nuclear energy and aviation, and the two sides are discussing how to broaden cooperation in these fields, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying said at a press conference last Thursday.

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