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Premier Li calls for higher level of practical cooperation with France

Updated: Jul 1,2015 5:09 AM     english.gov.cn

Premier Li Keqiang held talks with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls in Paris on June 30.

Li said the two nations should strengthen strategic mutual trust and push forward the development of the bilateral relations.

Premier Li proposed for higher levels of practical cooperation between China and France in five realms.

First, capacity cooperation in aerospace, high-speed rail and steel, as well as energy cooperation in nuclear, oil and hydropower, should be deepened, with full industrial chain collaboration and exploration into third-party markets.

Second, cooperation in agriculture, food, medical service, digital economy, polar ocean, energy saving and environmental protection should be expanded.

Third, better conditions should be created to facilitate bilateral trade with dynamic balance.

Fourth, financial support should be provided to the exploration of third-party markets, and exchange and cooperation between banks should be deepened.

The last point is to make people-to-people exchanges more convenient and deepen cooperation in the culture industry.

Valls said France wants to strengthen economic dialogue with China. He echoed Li’s propositions and said he appreciated China’s efforts in tackle the climate change.

After the meeting, the two governments issued joint announcements on third-party market cooperation as well as nuclear cooperation. Li and Valls also witnessed the signing of documents in nuclear, capacity, finance and sustainable development.

Earlier that day, accompanied by Valls, Li inspected the French Republican Guard at the National Residence of the Invalids in Paris.

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