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Vice Foreign Minister Qin Gang Attends National Day Reception of France

2021/07/15

On the evening of July 14, 2021, Vice Foreign Minister Qin Gang attended the National Day Reception held by the Embassy of France in China upon invitation.

In his address, Qin Gang congratulated on the National Day of France, saying both the Chinese and French people are full of revolutionary struggle spirit and advocate independence. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the two heads of state have maintained close communication and led the people of the two countries to write a new story of "partnership beyond geographical distance". In face of the once-in-a-century pandemic and the unprecedented global changes, both China and France should take the responsibility of a major country, always adhere to the original aspiration of "independence, mutual understanding, foresight, mutual benefit and win-win outcomes" in the establishment of the diplomatic relations, continuously deepen cooperation in various fields on the basis of mutual respect, take the lead in upholding true multilateralism, and promote the international community to join hands to cope with the common challenges such as pandemic, climate change, and biodiversity protection, contributing to world peace, development and progress.

French Ambassador to China Laurent Bili said in his speech that France is full of expectations to France-China relations and EU-China relations featuring balanced development and mutual respect. France is willing to, under the guidance of the two heads of state, work with China to further promote personnel exchanges, deepen cooperation in various fields, support developing countries in combating the pandemic, and work together to cope with global challenges such as climate change and biodiversity protection to promote the new development of the France-China comprehensive strategic partnership.

Qin Gang also exchanged views with Laurent Bili on China-France relations and China-EU relations.

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