Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday morning held talks with his
French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy in the Great Hall of the People
in Beijing, after which 20-odd cooperation documents were
The China-France relationship has entered a new stage, with
deepening strategic dialogue and political mutual trust, Hu told
Sarkozy, adding the two countries have maintained close
consultation and coordination on multilateral affairs and key
The Chinese government strongly emphasizes developing friendly
relations with France, and always handles the bilateral relations
from a strategic and long-term perspective, Hu said.
Sarkozy, on a three-day state visit to China, said that France
has noticed the peace initiative in Hu's report to the 17th
National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
He said France is opposed to Taiwan independence and Taiwan's
planned referendum on entry into the United Nations was
France held that there is only one China in the world, and
Taiwan is an integral part of China, which is the general position
of the international community, Sarkozy said.
Any unilateral initiative is ineffective and unjustified,
especially the planned referendum, the French President said.
In his report, Hu for the first time talked about a peace
agreement across the Taiwan Straits, calling for discussion of a
formal end to the state of hostility between the two sides on the
basis of the one-China principle.
Hu appreciated the French President's contribution towards
promoting the traditional friendship between China and France, his
adherence to the one-China policy and support for China's peaceful
During the talks, Hu has proposed greater cooperation with
France on nuclear energy, aviation and aerospace as part of a
four-point plan for the development of relations between the two
The first point in the proposal was intended to deepen bilateral
political relations and enhance strategic mutual trust.
The two sides should maintain high-level exchanges and contacts,
continue to strengthen important dialogue and consultation
mechanism building, and understand and support each other on major
issues concerning each other's national interests.
The second was to further strengthen multi-lateral cooperation
to jointly meet challenges.
The Chinese side will conduct strategic dialogue and cooperation
with the French side, and strengthen consultation and coordination
on global issues and in major international affairs, so as to
jointly push forward the building of a harmonious world with
lasting peace and common prosperity.
The third was to further expand bilateral economic and trade
The Chinese side will enhance cooperation with the French side
in such fields as nuclear energy, civil aviation and aerospace,
railways, finance, telecommunications, environmental protection,
agriculture, small and medium-sized enterprises.
The two sides should properly address the concerns of each other
in the principles of dialogues on an equal footing, friendly
consultations and reciprocity.
The fourth is to further bilateral cultural exchanges. The two
sides should continue to promote exchanges and cooperation in
culture, education, science, technology, sports and tourism.
After the talks, the two presidents agreed to release a joint
statement on combating climate changes, and attended the signing
ceremony of over 20 documents on cooperation concerning
environmental protection, nuclear energy, civil aviation,
communication, education, health care, investment, city planning,
etc., and together met with the press.
Before the meeting, Hu held a welcoming ceremony for
Sarkozy arrived in Beijing Sunday for his first state visit to
China since taking office in May.
(Xinhua News Agency November 26, 2007)