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Vice-Premier Liu Yandong praises Sino-French ties

Updated: May 16,2015 11:14 AM     english.gov.cn

Vice-Premier Liu Yandong (R) and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius preside over the second meeting of the China-France high-level cultural exchanges in Beijing, capital of China, May 15, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]

Vice-Premier Liu Yandong on May 15 hailed the achievements of China-France cooperation in various fields, including education, science and technology, healthcare and tourism.

Liu made the remarks when presiding over the second meeting of the China-France high-level cultural exchanges in Beijing with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Liu said during President Xi Jinping’s visit to France last year, leaders of the two countries reached consensus on deepening mutual trust and interest, expanding cultural exchanges, thus steering the China-France relationship into a new era of close and lasting comprehensive strategic partnership.

Over 800 activities commemorating the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France have been conducted since the first meeting of the China-France high-level cultural exchanges, a mechanism born at the time of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties, she said.

Vice Premier Liu Yandong (R front) and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L front) visit an exhibition before the second meeting of the China-France high-level cultural exchanges in Beijing, capital of China, May 15, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]

The vice-premier said China and France share the dream for peace, development, win-win cooperation and mutual trust.

Both countries have been devoted to maintaining world peace, deepening mutual and trilateral cooperation, and facilitating the inclusive development of various civilizations, she said.

Liu suggested China and France should focus on the next 50 years of bilateral relationship and tap out potential for cooperation.

The two sides should foster a number of long-term cooperation projects, innovate cultural exchanges by including young people, to further increase the influence of the mechanism.

Fabius said the cultural exchanges between France and China have achieved progress in various areas and France is willing to closely work with China in making more achievements in the future.

The two sides also signed a joint statement after the meeting and witnessed the signing of some cooperation agreements.

Vice-Premier Liu Yandong (2nd R) and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (2nd L) attend the launching ceremony of a French contest before the second meeting of the China-France high-level cultural exchanges in Beijing, capital of China, May 15, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]

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