Senior CPC official meets French president, vowing more cooperation

08:20, July 07, 2011      

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He Guoqiang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC, shakes hands with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris, France, July 5, 2011. (Xinhua)

He Guoqiang, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), on Tuesday said his country was willing to further cooperation with France in advancing world peace and development.

He made the remarks while meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy Tuesday afternoon.

Since China and France established diplomatic ties in January 1964, Sino-French relations have been the most exemplary of China's diplomatic relations with the west, said He, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC.

"Bilateral ties have been developing smoothly as a result of concerted efforts made by both sides, and exchange in fields such as economy, trade, culture has been on rise, along with enlarged cooperation," said He, who added he was deeply touched by the hospitality the French people showed toward the Chinese people wherever he went.

He stressed that at present the international situation had been undergoing great changes, with global challenges cropping up, which requires cooperation from China and France.

"As two big powers of the world, China and France should cooperate with each other not only in bilateral ties, but also in international affairs," said He.

Sarkozy said he valued friendly relations between France and China and hoped that new progress be made in diverse fields, ranging from politics, economy, trade to culture.

"China has made tremendous and remarkable achievements since the country adopted reform and opening up policies more than three decades ago. In the 21st century, as China has been rising rapidly with its status on the international stage, it has been playing an irreplaceably important role in many areas," said Sarkozy, pledging that France would be ready to enhance cooperation with China in the international affairs.

He ended his four-day official visit to France after the meeting with the French president. Before the meeting, He also visited the Chinese Culture Center in Paris, located in the downtown area near the bank of the Seine River.

He arrived in the French southern coastal city of Nice on Saturday and then traveled to Paris on Sunday.

On Monday, He launched the Chinese Language Year program in France, a cultural initiative designed to promote the Chinese language and culture in the European country. He also met with Bernard Accoyer, speaker of the French National Assembly, and gave a speech at a dinner hosted by French and Chinese business leaders.

France is the first leg of He's five-nation trip, which will then take him to Poland, Serbia, the United Arab Emirates, and Iran. He will also make a stopover in Turkey after visiting Poland.

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