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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France

2014/03/27

On March 27 local time, President Xi Jinping met with French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in Paris.

Xi Jinping pointed out, China and France, respectively as the second and the fifth largest economies in the world, boast great potential for bilateral cooperation. During the visit, I have made contacts with many people from the industry and business circles of the two countries, and felt their strong willingness for cooperation. We have jointly issued the Medium-and-Long-term Plan for China-France Relations, which will promote a greater progress in bilateral trade and two-way investment. Both sides should continue to strengthen cooperation in nuclear power, aviation and aerospace, to well implement the project of the second-phase construction of Airbus's assembly plant in Tianjing, to advance cooperation in emerging fields including the ecological demonstration project of sustainable development in Wuhan city, to establish the consultation mechanism on maritime affairs, and to expand tourism cooperation and local exchanges. It is hoped that the French side could provide sound investment environment for Chinese enterprises, and both sides could also explore trilateral cooperation carried out in the third country. China welcomes French financial institutions to invest in RMB assets.

Ayrault said that France views France-China comprehensive strategic partnership from a long-term perspective, and is willing to keep political dialogue with China, to push forward people-to-people and cultural exchanges and to strengthen coordination in major international and regional affairs. He hoped that both sides could consolidate economic and trade cooperation in traditional advantageous fields, and actively explore new fields for cooperation. France welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest in France.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others were present.

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