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Li Keqiang Meets with President Emmanuel Macron of France

On the afternoon of November 6, 2019, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People with President Emmanuel Macron of France, who was in China for a state visit.

Li Keqiang expressed, both China and France are permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council and major world economies. During Mr. President's visit to China, President Xi Jinping and you made in-depth exchanges and achieved fruitful outcomes. The mutually beneficial cooperation featuring win-win results between China and France will not only benefit the two sides, but also Europe and the world. Against the backdrop of a complex international landscape, China and France will send positive messages to the world by enhancing strategic communication, expanding practical cooperation and intensifying people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

Li Keqiang pointed out, China and the European Union (EU) have finished negotiations on an agreement to protect geographical indications. It is hoped that both sides will keep promoting China-EU investment agreement negotiation for positive results at an early date. The Chinese side is ready to work with the French side to enhance coordination of stance regarding the reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to better safeguard free trade and multilateralism. Both countries need to deepen cooperation in key areas including nuclear energy, aviation and third-party market and promote the early implementation of more high-quality projects in line with market and business principles. The Chinese side will deliver on its international commitment to address climate change, and continue to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with the French side and the EU side in climate change.

Emmanuel Macron expressed, the current France-China relations enjoy robust development momentum. During my visit, China and France have yielded tangible achievements in fields including nuclear power, agricultural food and products, aviation and culture, and have formulated a roadmap for the development of bilateral relations for the next stage. In terms of EU-China relations, both sides have signed the agreement on geographical indications and agreed to advance EU-China investment agreement negotiations. The French side stands ready to work with the Chinese side to enhance high-level exchanges, deepen practical cooperation in areas including trade and economy, culture, tourism and the third-party market, strengthen communication and cooperation in such topics as the WTO reform and addressing climate change and bio-diversity, and jointly safeguard multilateralism and free trade.

Wang Yi and He Lifeng were present.

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