Xi aims to open brighter future of China-France ties via visit

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Xi aims to open brighter future of China-France ties via visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping said here on Sunday that he hopes China and France will light up their way forward with the torch of history, open a brighter future of China-France relations and make new contributions to world peace, stability and development, reported Xinhua.

Xi made the remarks in a written speech upon his arrival here for a state visit to France.

He said during the visit, he will have an in-depth exchange of views with French President Emmanuel Macron on growing China-France and China-Europe relations under the new circumstances as well as major international and regional issues in the world today.

"I hope this visit will help cement our long-standing friendship, enhance political trust, build strategic consensus and deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields," he said, adding that it is a great pleasure to begin his third state visit to the French Republic at the invitation of Macron.

Back in 2014 and 2019, Xi paid two visits to France, both in spring, to celebrate the 50th and 55th anniversaries of diplomatic relations together with the people of France.

"As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our diplomatic ties, I have a strong sense of deja vu when setting foot again on the soil of your beautiful country. On behalf of the Chinese government and people, I wish to take this opportunity to extend our warmest greetings and best wishes to the French government and people," Xi said.

As important representatives of Eastern and Western civilizations, China and France have a long history of mutual appreciation and admiration, said Xi.

French Enlightenment thinkers turned to study Chinese culture centuries ago, and great French thinkers and writers such as Voltaire, Diderot, Hugo and Balzac have been household names in China, he added.

He also noted that 60 years ago, the two countries broke through Cold War blocs and established diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level.

In the 60 years since, the bilateral relations have always stayed abreast of China's relations with Western countries, setting a prime example for countries with different social systems to coexist in peace and pursue win-win cooperation, said Xi.

In recent years, the relationship between China and France has risen to new heights, and the two countries keep making new progress in cooperation on aviation, aerospace, nuclear energy, agrifood and green development, Xi said.

He said that the two countries enjoy close coordination and cooperation on climate response, biodiversity protection and global governance, adding that activities of the China-France Year of Culture and Tourism are unfolding across the board.

"A growing China-France relationship not only brings benefits to both peoples, but also provides stability and positive energy to the turbulent world," Xi said.

The Chinese president was received by French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal at Paris Orly airport and warmly welcomed by overseas Chinese upon arrival.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

  1. LilaSmith says

    Xi Jinping’s efforts to strengthen China-France relations are commendable. It’s crucial for both countries to work together towards world peace and stability. The future looks promising with their commitment to cooperation and development.

  2. EmilySmith says

    Xi’s dedication to strengthening China-France relations shines through his commitment to history and peace, paving the way for a brighter future. His visit symbolizes the unity and growth of both nations, fostering mutual understanding and cooperation in the global arena.

  3. Emily45 says

    Xi’s visit to France is a significant step towards strengthening China-France relations and promoting global peace and development. I believe cooperation between these two nations will bring about positive outcomes for the world.

  4. EmilyWilliams says

    Xi aims to open a brighter future of China-France ties via the visit. I believe that strong diplomatic relations between China and France are crucial for fostering global peace, stability, and development. It is inspiring to see President Xi’s commitment to strengthening ties with France, and I hope this visit will lead to closer cooperation in various fields for the benefit of both nations and the world.

  5. Emily1990 says

    As a Chinese-French relations enthusiast, I believe President Xi’s visit signifies a new chapter in the bilateral ties, paving the way for mutual understanding and cooperation. His commitment to enhancing friendship and deepening cooperation is truly commendable.

  6. EmilySmith92 says

    Will this state visit between China and France focus on specific trade agreements or will it primarily be symbolic in nature?

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