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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France

On September 25, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York.

Wang Yi noted, China and France, both permanent members of the UN Security Council, adhere to independence, advocate multilateralism, and promote an open world economy. In the current volatile international situation, it is necessary for both sides to play their roles and shoulder the responsibility of promoting regional and international peace, stability and development. The Chinese side appreciates the French side's positive efforts in mediating regional hotspot issues, and is ready to work with the French side to enhance strategic communication and coordination in international affairs to further advance China-France comprehensive strategic partnership.

Wang Yi expressed, this year is of great importance to China-France relationship, as it will inherit the past and usher in the future. President Xi Jinping's successful state visit to France in March opened a new chapter for the development of bilateral relations. Results of this visit are currently being actively implemented, as the first phase of the Taishan nuclear power plant has been completed; the legal and judicial dialogue mechanism has been launched; and events related to the China-France Year of the Environment have been carried out smoothly. The Chinese side is ready to work closely with the French side to ensure the complete success of the next stage of high-level exchanges, promote bilateral cooperation for more results, and send a positive signal of upholding multilateralism.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said, the current France-China relations enjoy sound development and the two heads of state have a high degree of mutual trust, and together they guide and push forward the development of bilateral relations. In a world full of uncertainties, it is crucial for France and China to maintain close communication and cooperation. The French side is ready to maintain close high-level exchanges with the Chinese side to promote practical cooperation in such areas as economy and trade, and nuclear energy, and strengthen coordination on climate change, the Iranian nuclear issue and other global challenges and regional hotspot issues.

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