China and France should continue to show understanding toward
and offer mutual support for each other's concerns, Chinese
President Hu Jintao said Friday.
Hu made the remarks while meeting French President Nicolas
Sarkozy on the sidelines of the meeting between the Group of Eight
major industrialized nations and five major developing countries in
Germany's Baltic resort of Heiligendamm.
At the meeting with Sarkozy, Hu expressed satisfaction over the
all-round and rapid development of the bilateral relationship.
Since the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership
between the two countries, political mutual trust has been growing,
the strategic dialogue deepened, economic and trade cooperation
expanded and cultural exchanges increased, the Chinese president
In efforts to further bilateral ties, the two countries should
maintain high-level exchanges, attach importance to each other's
concerns, deepen their pragmatic cooperation and promote bilateral
cultural exchanges, he said.
Hu said the two sides should continue to promote cooperation in
energy, aviation, railways and other key areas, and expand mutual
investment and bilateral trade.
Agreeing with Hu's views on bilateral ties, Sarkozy said he was
satisfied with their two countries' cooperation in various fields,
adding that there has been a strong momentum for bilalteral
economic and trade cooperation.
Sarkozy also said France will firmly adhere to the One China
The two leaders also exchanged views on Iran's nuclear issue and
the issue of Sudan's Darfur. They agreed to maintain close contact
and coordination over major international and regional issues.
(Xinhua News Agency June 9, 2007)