China VP meets former French PM in Beijing

14:55, April 12, 2011      

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China will continue to strive for creating a favorable investment environment for foreign companies, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said in Beijing Tuesday.

Xi made the remarks while meeting with former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who is in Beijing to attend the 17th China-France economic seminar along with a delegation of French business people.

The economies of China and France are highly complementary. The two sides should expand their cooperation in new industries like clean energy, new materials and the recycling-based economic sectors and push forward the all-round, strategic partnership between the two nations, said Xi.

While briefing the French guests on China's current economic situation and the outlines of the country's 12th five-year plan, Xi said he hoped that French business people of insight would seize the opportunity and be active in participating in China's economic construction.

"Chinese government will continue to strive for creating a favorable investment environment for foreign invested businesses and protect the legitimate rights of the investors," Xi pledged.

Raffarin, who is visiting China at the invitation of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, said the French side admired the accomplishments China had achieved in its economic and social developments. He hoped that entrepreneurs from both countries would work together to build stronger bilateral economic and trade ties.

The 17th China-France economic seminar is scheduled to open in Beijing Thursday.
Source: Xinhua
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