French leader: China's peaceful rise puts world at ease

15:34, May 05, 2011      

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Jean-Francois Copé, the current President of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) Group in the French National Assembly, has visited China five times. In his eyes, China is absolutely an active, charming and optimistic country.

Copé noted that not only have China's economy and politics become much more important in the world after its rapid growth in recent years, but also China is playing an increasingly important role in maintaining world peace and stability.

"I'm very interested in the 'peaceful development' of China, which perfectly describes China's tremendous change as well as responds those worries about China’s rise from some Asian countries," he said.

He also pointed out that China's commitment to peaceful development will put the world at ease, and it is also similar with European development concept. Both European Union and France hope to strengthen the cooperation with China on politics, military, economy and culture in a specific way.

Copé believes China deserves to have an important position on the international stage and that China is going to play a role in tackling global problems, including trade, growth and environment. The political authority of China and the common values shared with Western countries are definitely going to serve the peace of mankind.

Regarding the different ways of thinking that are planted in the spirit and action of Chinese people, Copé thinks they are full of philosophic theories and he appreciates that very much.

To support his point of view, he gave an example using the Chinese words "Wei Ji (危机), means crisis in English."

He said "Wei Ji" in Chinese has double meanings: danger as well as opportunity, which indicates that opportunity is hiding behind danger.

The two Chinese characters are perfect word for China's current situation. He said. On one hand, there are lots of real, active and amazing chances for developing in both China and France. On the other hand, the Chinese government needs to cope with the real existing problems, such as division of income, environmental-protection and social stability, carefully and gradually.

When talking about the relationship between the two countries, Copé said that China and France have close feelings for each other.

He said the two countries established official diplomatic relations in 1964. Besides politics, the deep cultural tradition in both countries must bring new achievements for bilateral relations, and that was already proven by the French Pavilion, which attracted the most visitors in the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.

He thinks China and France should comprehensively develop bilateral relationships so that both sides can take advantage of opportunities, remove hesitation and promote the relationship to march forward actively.

Of course, some problems accompany the rapid growth speed in China, he said, but like Europe and other countries in the world, these problems are unavoidable in the development of economic society.

By People's Daily Online


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