Quotable quotes during Chinese president's visit to France

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Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Paris, France on Thursday for a state visit at the invitation of his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy.

The following are some quotable quotes the Chinese and French presidents made during the activities on Thursday.

"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." -- Chinese President Hu said at the welcoming banquet hosted French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

"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." -- Hu said.

"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." -- Hu said.

"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.

"China's development in the last 30 years is the fastest and the greatest in human history and has attracted worldwide attention." -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy said at the welcoming banquet.

"President Hu's visit to France shows the friendship and trust between the two countries, and reflects the unique vitality, richness and maturity of bilateral ties." -- Sarkozy said.

"Both countries' comprehensive strategic partnership has provided a model for today's world and should be injected with new vitality, and the two sides should explore more development prospects." -- Sarkozy said.

"The cooperation between China and France is unique. France wants to know and understand China better and is looking forward to establishing with China a win-win cooperative partnership." -- Sarkozy said.

"The China-France relationship has been characterized by its strategic and global nature and its ability to move with the times since diplomatic ties were forged 46 years ago." -- Chinese President Hu said during the talks with French President Sarkozy.

"Political dialogue has increasingly deepened and political mutual trust strengthened. Bilateral trade is expected to exceed 40 billion U.S. dollars this year, and mutual investment has continuously increased." -- Hu said.

"The two countries have carried out extensive exchanges and cooperation in education, science and technology, and culture, and have kept close communication and coordination on major international issues." -- Hu said.

"France is particularly glad to see China's achievements in its reform and opening-up drive over the past 30 years plus, which is an unprecedented development process in world history." -- French President Sarkozy said during the talks with visiting Chinese President Hu.

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

"France has always been supportive on the lift of the European Union's arms embargo on China." -- Sarkozy said.

"China plays an indispensable role in world affairs and the French side is willing to enhance coordination and cooperation with China on international affairs." -- Sarkozy said.



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