President Xi Jinping on Monday met with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in Beijing, saying China is willing to work with France to enrich the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
At present, the world is undergoing profound and complicated changes, Xi said, adding China is ready to work with France to make bilateral relations continue to serve as a model for mutual respect, win-win cooperation, and exchanges and mutual learning between countries.
Noting that both French President Emmanuel Macron and the prime minister had visited China within the last six months, Xi said it shows the high importance France attached to developing bilateral ties and the high level of the ties.
“As comprehensive strategic partners, China and France need to enhance the consciousness of partnership, continue to build mutual trust and treat each other on an equal footing, and respect and accommodate each other’s core interests and major concerns,” Xi said. “The two countries need to make the best use of various mechanisms and platforms of dialogue and exchanges between China and France to strengthen mutual understanding and deepen mutual trust.”
He called on both sides to make special efforts to “boost pragmatic cooperation to implement at an early date the consensus and agreements that have been reached, give full play to the leading and exemplary role of major projects and speed up nurturing new growth points of cooperation.”