Chinese president calls for strengthening Sino-French exchanges, cooperation

11:29, November 05, 2010      

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China is willing to make joint efforts with France to strengthen bilateral exchanges and cooperation and boost their strategic coordination at a global level to better serve the two peoples and the whole world, visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao said in Paris Thursday evening.

Addressing a welcoming banquet hosted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Hu said the two countries should work together to propel the development of international order in a fairer and more rational direction, and turn the 21st century into one of true peace, development and cooperation.

France is a great nation. In its long history, the French people, with their intelligence and diligence, have built up a prosperous, rich and strong country, and made remarkable economic, scientific, and cultural achievements, making outstanding contributions to the human civilization and progress, said the Chinese president.

The development history of the China-France ties gives eloquent proof that countries of different ideologies, political systems and cultural backgrounds can coexist peacefully, carry out mutually beneficial cooperation and realize common development, as long as they respect and treat each other as equals.

Now, at a time when the international situation is undergoing fundamental and complicated changes, the two countries, both permanent members of the UN Security Council and members the Group of 20 (G20), have more common interests and broader cooperation prospect, and therefore should work together to add new content to their ties and exert a positive influence on the development of partnership between great countries under new historic circumstances, Hu said.

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