China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Qin Gang, held talks with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, in Paris last week to discuss their countries’ strategic partnership. Both Qin and Colonna viewed French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to China as a complete success. They stated that the French leader had an in-depth exchange of views with President Xi Jinping during his visit to China and deepened his understanding of China.
China’s Resolve to Promote High-Quality Development
During the talks, Qin emphasized China’s unwavering commitment to promoting high-quality development and high-standard opening up. He expressed China’s readiness to work with France and other countries to expand cooperation and share development opportunities. China sees Europe as a comprehensive strategic partner and advocates for win-win cooperation by expanding two-way opening up. Qin also stated that the China-Europe relationship is not targeted at any third party, nor is it subjugated or controlled by any third party.
Importance of France-China Relations
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs detailed that France-China relations are of vital importance. The two heads of state have made clear the direction, and the two sides should make joint efforts to work for greater development of bilateral relations. France places significance on its economic relations with China, considering them as interdependent, mutually beneficial, complementary, open, and transparent. Additionally, the ministry stated that Colonna expressed France’s willingness to strengthen communication with China on major international and regional issues to seek more common ground.
In conclusion, Qin and Colonna discussed the importance of France-China relations and the need to strengthen their strategic partnership. They both emphasized the importance of cooperation, mutual trust, and win-win outcomes.