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Wang Yi Meets with French President's Foreign Policy Advisor Emmanuel Bonne

2020/08/29

On August 28, 2020, local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with French President's Foreign Policy Advisor Emmanuel Bonne in Paris.

Wang Yi expressed, China and France have maintained frequent high-level exchanges and in-depth strategic communication, which embodies the high level of China-France comprehensive strategic partnership. Against the backdrop of containing the COVID-19 on a regular basis, the two sides should make full use of the "fast lane" to resume personnel exchanges in an orderly manner and promote cooperation in drug and vaccine research and development, so as to make positive contributions to the international community's early and complete victory over the epidemic. The Chinese side is willing to work with the French side to further advance major projects such as spent fuel reprocessing plant, and push the strategic cooperation between the two countries to a new high. The Chinese side supports the French side in playing an important role in the global response to climate change.

Wang Yi said, as independent forces in the world, China and the European Union (EU), have common interests far exceeding differences. China and the EU are partners, not rivals. Facing the resurgence of unilateralism and protectionism, China and the EU should join hands to uphold multilateralism and jointly safeguard the international system with the United Nations at its core, the international order based on international law, and the free trade system represented by the World Trade Organization. The Chinese side is willing to plan high-level exchanges with the French side and the EU side in the next stage, promote cooperation in climate change, digital economy and other fields, and complete the negotiations for a China-EU investment agreement within this year, so as to promote greater development of China-EU relations.

Emmanuel Bonne said, the cooperation between France and China has been substantial and dynamic. The French side hopes to work with the Chinese side to push forward the cooperation agenda of vaccine research and development, debt relief in Africa and digital economy, strengthen cooperation in such fields as spent fuel reprocessing plant, advance political settlement of hot-spot issues, and ensure the success of the World Conservation Congress in Marseille and the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming next year. EU-China cooperation is of strategic significance. The French side attaches great importance to EU-China cooperation and agrees to formulate ambitious plans to build an effective EU-China cooperation partnership. The French side is committed to intensifying high-level exchanges between the EU and China, and will work with relevant parties to plan exchanges and cooperation in the post-epidemic era, so as to push the strategic cooperation between EU and China to a new high.

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