China-France Strategic Dialogue is Held in Paris
2024-02-21 19:17

On February 20, 2024 local time, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and French President's Diplomatic Counselor Emmanuel Bonne co-chaired the 25th China-France Strategic Dialogue in Paris.

Noting that France and China have had highly productive strategic communication and fruitful high-level exchanges, Bonne said that France attaches great importance to the France-China comprehensive strategic partnership and will stay committed to the one-China policy. In a volatile world afflicted with geopolitical conflicts, France is ready to work with China to meet the challenges, ward off major-country rivalry, prevent bloc confrontation, and improve global governance. France advocates Europe's strategic autonomy, shouldering up its responsibility and stepping up to act. France supports Europe and China in maintaining their partnership orientation and strengthening effective cooperation.

Wang Yi said, since the establishment of their diplomatic relations, China and France have been consolidating mutual trust and expanding common understandings, leading to an increasingly mature and stable bilateral relationship. Despite profound changes in the international landscape over the past 60 years, China and France have displayed an unwavering commitment to defending independence and autonomy, promoting a multipolar world, and preserving the diversity of civilizations. Standing at a new historical starting point, the two countries should join hands, guided by the strategic consensus reached between the two heads of state, stay true to their original aspiration and uphold fundamental principles and break new ground to render their comprehensive strategic partnership even more solid and dynamic, so as to make greater contributions to growing China-Europe relations and unremitting efforts to safeguarding world peace.

Wang Yi said, a destabilized and even divided world is in no one's interest. Regarding Europe as an important pole in the multi-polarization process, China supports Europe in strengthening its strategic autonomy and holding its future in its own hands. China, having similar positions with France on major issues, is willing to strengthen strategic communication with France to expand consensus, solidarity, and cooperation, shoulder responsibilities as major countries, and send strong signals, so as to cope more effectively with global challenges and make more positive responses to the expectations of the international community.

The two sides agreed to further strengthen cooperation in areas such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, agri-food products, clean energy, nuclear energy research and development, artificial intelligence, aviation and aerospace, and forest carbon sinks.

The two sides agreed to keep up the positive momentum of the China-France Year of Culture and Tourism, ensure the success of hundreds of events for people-to-people and cultural exchanges throughout the year, and increase direct flights to further facilitate personnel exchanges.

The two sides also had in-depth communication on a wide range of issues concerning peace and security and agreed that multi-polarization is indispensable to peace and stability and will continue to strengthen strategic coordination.

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