Chinese President pays state visit to France (2)

16:50, November 05, 2010      

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Sarkozy said France is ready to cooperate with China closely within the G20 framework, enhancing communication and coordination on issues such as raw material prices and climate change and working together to push forward reform of the international monetary system.

The two presidents also attended a signing ceremony for a dozen cooperation agreements covering a wide range of areas, including nuclear energy, aviation, finance, energy efficiency, environmental protection, climate change and culture.

In the evening, Sarkozy hosted a welcome banquet for Hu.

Addressing the banquet, Hu said 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.

Hu said that now at a time when the international situation is undergoing fundamental and complicated changes, the two countries, both permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and members the Group of 20 (G20), have more common interests and a 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 big countries under new historic circumstances.

For his part, President Sarkozy said China's development in the last 30 years is the fastest and the greatest in human history and has attracted worldwide attention.

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

Their 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 added.

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, he said.

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

China and France also issued a joint statement on strengthening their comprehensive strategic partnership.

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