Chinese president's visit to France, Portugal boosts trust, cooperation, consensus

13:47, November 08, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) and Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates hold a joint press conference in Lisbon, Portugal, Nov. 7, 2010. (Xinhua/Fan Rujun)

Chinese President Hu Jintao's latest visit to France and Portugal has promoted mutual trust, deepened cooperation, expanded consensus and helped joint efforts in coping with challenges, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said.

Yang, who accompanied Hu during his tour from Thursday to Sunday, said the visit was another major diplomatic activity in Europe by a Chinese leader.

During the tight-scheduled four-day trip, President Hu attended nearly 30 important activities, including meetings with leaders of the two countries.

Yang said the visit has deepened the Sino-French and Sino-Portuguese strategic mutual trust, boosted China's exchanges and cooperation with the two countries in various fields, promoted their communication and coordination on international affairs, deepened the host countries' understanding and recognition of China's development path, and injected new momentum into the development of the Sino-European ties.

He said the tour yielded rich fruits in the following six aspects:

First, the France visit has boosted the Sino-French comprehensive strategic partnership, which is based on mutual trust and benefit, is mature and stable, and is globe-oriented.

China and France have continuously deepened their dialogue and political mutual trust, and expanded cooperation in various fields since they forged diplomatic ties 46 years ago.

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