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Chinese and French leaders meet ahead of G20 summit


09:27, November 03, 2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) shakes hands with his French counterpart Nicholas Sarkozy during their meeting in Cannes, France, Nov. 2, 2011. Hu Jintao was here to attend a Group of Twenty (G20) summit. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

CANNES, France, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao met here Wednesday his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy on bilateral ties and other issues of common concern, including the Group of 20 summit scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Hu pointed out that since the recovery of global economy is now facing with quite a few instable and uncertain factors, the international community is holding great expectations for the G20 Summit in Cannes.

"The Chinese side actively supports the French side to host the summit," Hu said, emphasizing that the Group of 20 should continue to uphold the spirit of cooperation and send a clear and definite signal of securing growth and promoting stability to the international community through this summit.

Hu expressed the hope that all relevant parties should join effort to make the Cannes summit a conference of solidarity, cooperation and win-win.

Sarkozy expressed appreciation on the efforts China has made to prepare for the G20 summit. He said the French side is ready to strengthen coordination and cooperation with the Chinese side and work with all other parties to push for positive results of the summit.

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