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French president meets Chinese state councilor to boost bilateral ties

(160413) — PARIS, April 13, 2016 (Xinhua) — French President Francois Hollande (R) shakes hands with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, April 13, 2016. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan)

PARIS, April 14 (Xinhua) — French President Francois Hollande met on Wednesday with Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi in Paris to further cement ties and seek ways to broaden bilateral cooperation.

During the meeting, Hollande noted the great importance of Sino-French relations as both countries have common objectives and the same interest on global issues such as climate change, counter-terrorism, security and financial stability.

France was ready to further improve the cooperation with China in the fields of civil nuclear energy, agricultural products, tourism and culture, and ready to promote investment and trade, said the French president.

Hollande said he will attend the G20 summit in Hangzhou, at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Hollande expressed his fully supports to China for organizing this conference.

Yang, for his part, stressed that the China-France relations is a priority for China’s diplomacy. China is willing to maintain political mutual trust with France, and make efforts to improve the cooperation in new sectors.

Yang added that China is ready to maintain close talks with France to implement Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and believes that France would continue to firmly support China to host the G20 Summit in Hangzhou.

Yang also met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Wednesday.