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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Meets with Ambassador to France Zhai Jun

(From Chinese Embassy in France)

2014/01/15

On January 14, 2014, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met with Chinese newly-appointed Ambassador to France Zhai Jun in French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Zhai Jun appreciated Fabius's arrangement of the meeting soon after his assumption of office and conveyed Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's greetings to Fabius. He said that strategic significance and specificity are the most prominent characteristics of China-France relations during the past half a century. The characteristics are not only reflected in the bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields, but also reflected in the consultation and coordination on major international and regional issues between the two countries, both as permanent members of the UN Security Council. China attaches importance to strengthening exchanges and deepening mutually beneficial cooperation with France. It is hoped that by celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, China-France comprehensive strategic partnership will be elevated to a new high.

Fabius welcomed Ambassador Zhai Jun on his assumption of office and asked him to convey his good wishes to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He said that the current France-China relations are at a crucial historical period. Last year, French President François Hollande made a great successful visit to China. Good relations have also been forged between the leaders of the two countries, governments and legislatures. This year marks the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between France and China, which is of special important significance in the history of the bilateral relations. The French side has launched relevant celebrations and looks forward to making greater progress in the exchanges and cooperation with China in all fields.

Minister of the Chinese Embassy in France Deng Li, Director of Cabinet of the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Alexandre Ziegler, Benoît Guidée, Advisor for Americas and Asia of Foreign Minister's Office and others attended the meeting.

On the same day, Ambassador Zhai Jun also paid a call on Alexandre Ziegler and Pierre Sellal, Secretary General of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs respectively.

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