Highlights of Chinese president's activities in Paris

13:13, November 05, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Paris on Thursday for his second state visit to France at the invitation of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Following are highlights of Hu's activities in Paris on Thursday:

President Hu was welcomed upon his arrival at the airport by President Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Hu released a statement saying he was delighted to revisit France.

Since the two countries established diplomatic ties 46 years ago, exchanges and cooperation between China and France have achieved rich results in the areas of politics, economy, trade, education, science, technology and culture thanks to the joint efforts of both sides, Hu said.

He said China-France cooperation has brought substantial benefits to the people of the two countries and made a positive contribution to promoting peace and development of the world.

"Under the current international situation that is undergoing profound and complicated changes, China and France share broad common interests and huge potential for cooperation since both are permanent members of the UN Security Council and shoulder important responsibilities of international affairs," he said.

Hu paid his first state visit to France in January 2004.

Hu and Sarkozy held talks later, vowing to boost the comprehensive strategic partnership between their countries.

They agreed during their talks to double bilateral trade by 2015.

Hu said China, against the backdrop of deep and complex changes in the international situation, hopes to further enrich the China-France relationship and develop the comprehensive strategic partnership.

The Chinese president put forward a four-point proposal on the development of bilateral ties. First, the two countries should strengthen mutual respect and strategic mutual trust. Second, both sides should advance with the times and be creative in practical cooperation. Third, both sides should enhance cultural exchanges and exchange of visits. Finally, the two sides should enhance coordination and work together to deal with challenges.

Sarkozy said he completely agreed with Hu's views, saying practical bilateral cooperation in various fields has developed well. France-China cooperation in aviation and space is exemplary, he said.

The French side is ready to strengthen cooperation in economy and trade and technology, particularly in nuclear power, he said.

Sarkozy added that the French side is ready to cooperate with China closely within the G20 framework and to enhance communication and coordination on issues such as raw material prices and climate change, and on efforts to push forward the reform of the international monetary system.

Following their meeting, the two presidents witnessed the signing of cooperation documents on aircraft, nuclear power equipment, uranium purchases, finance, energy efficiency, environmental protection, climate change and culture.

Hu also met French Senate leader Gerard Larcher and National Assembly Speaker Bernard Accoyer, on ties between the two countries' legislatures.

Sarkozy hosted a welcome banquet for Hu in the evening.

Hu called for strengthened exchanges and cooperation between China and France, saying that both permanent members of the UN Security Council share ever more common interests and broader cooperation prospect and that the two sides should boost their bilateral cooperation and strengthen their coordination in international affairs.

Hu also met with staff of the Chinese embassy, representatives of Chinese institutions as well as overseas Chinese and students.



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