President Hu Jintao late on Wednesday talked with his French
counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy in a previously arranged telephone
In the telephone conversation, President Hu applauded the
consistent efforts President Sarkozy has made to develop
The Chinese and French peoples have maintained long-standing,
friendly contacts, and France was the first Western power to
establish diplomatic ties with the People's Republic of China, Hu
With bilateral relations forging ahead in recent years, the two
sides have conducted all-round cooperation in various areas as well
as close coordination on major issues of respective concerns, Hu
With the establishment of China-France comprehensive strategic
partnership, the two countries enjoy broader prospects for
cooperation, he added.
As the world's influential countries and permanent members of
the UN Security Council, China and France share extensive consensus
and common interests on many major issues, and shoulder common
responsibilities as well, Hu said.
To further strengthen bilateral relations serves the fundamental
interests of the two nations and peoples, and is conducive to
lasting peace and common prosperity in the world, he said.
The Chinese president said that China attaches great importance
to its relations with France, and is willing to work with the
French side to open up a more brilliant future for the China-France
comprehensive strategic partnership.
Sarkozy, for his part, said that China plays an important,
positive role in the international environment, and many major
issues could not be settled without China's participation.
The French government will remain committed to the development
of bilateral ties, and is willing to enhance dialogue and
cooperation with China, he said.
The French president said that Taiwan is an indispensable part
of China, and France will firmly adhere to the one-China policy.
President Hu expressed his appreciation for the stand.
The two heads of state also agreed to maintain contacts and
(Xinhua News Agency May 24, 2007)