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Li Keqiang Meets with President Francois Hollande of France

In the afternoon of October 16 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met with President Francois Hollande of France in Milan.

Li Keqiang first conveyed sincere greetings from President Xi Jinping to President Hollande. He said that China and France enjoy sound political mutual trust and the bilateral relations are entering a new stage of overall acceleration. The Chinese side is ready to work together with the French side to consolidate mutual trust, deepen cooperation, give good play to high-level dialogue mechanisms in economy and finance, people-to-people and cultural exchanges and other fields, and push for in-depth development of the China-France relations and cooperation. I hope that the French side will further broaden its exports of high-tech products to China and encourage enterprises of the two countries to comprehensively promote joint research and development, joint investment, joint production and joint development of the third-party market, so as to provide more products "Made in China and France" for the world.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China and France have similar positions on multiple international and regional affairs. Both are committed to world multi-polarization and democratization of international relations and advocate safeguarding independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and resolving differences and disputes through dialogue and consultation. The Chinese side is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with the French side to jointly safeguard world and regional peace and stability. I hope that the French side will play an important role in promoting the development of the China-EU relations.

Hollande asked Li Keqiang to convey his sincere greetings to President Xi Jinping. He said that France and China share broad common interests and the bilateral relations are very close. The French side is ready to, together with the Chinese side, maintain close high-level exchanges, expand exchanges and cooperation in economy and trade, nuclear energy, people-to-people and cultural engagement and other fields, strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional affairs and jointly cope with climate change on the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities". The French side will play a positive role in the development of the EU-China relations.

The two sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional topics of common interest.

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