On September 27, 2002, Premier Zhu Rongji met Jean-Louis Debre, President of the National Assembly, in Paris.
Zhu conveyed to Debre greetings and an invitation to visit China extended by Chairman Li Peng of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Zhu said that the Chinese people have always shared friendly and profound feelings towards the French people. They will not forget the contributions of the late General Charles de Gaulle in promoting Chinese-French relations. The friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries have maintained a good momentum in recent years. Zhu noted that French President Jacques Chirac agreed with him on that France and China should further develop their relations during their meeting here on the previous day. As an important part of the relations, the parliamentary cooperation has also become closer, which has helped promote the overall development of bilateral relations.
Debre said that as a supporter of de Gaulle's proposals, he feels greatly honored to welcome Premier Zhu to France at the National Assembly and as the President of National Assembly. Debre said that to develop close and friendly cooperation with China not only conforms to the interests of France, but also will contribute to peace and stability in the world. The French people admire China's rapid growth and great culture, and hopes to continue to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with the Chinese people in cultural, economic and other fields.