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Wang Yi Attends the Opening Ceremony of the China-France Global Governance Forum

2019-03-26

On March 25, 2019 local time, the China-France Global Governance Forum was held in Paris, France. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the opening ceremony together with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France and delivered speeches.

Wang Yi extended warm congratulations on the opening of the forum. Wang Yi said that President Xi Jinping is on a state visit to France. The international community is looking forward to seeing China and France, two major countries, join efforts to promote world peace and progress while the global landscape has been undergoing changes. We are living at a time full of both opportunities and challenges. The relationships between countries are ever closer and exchanges between peoples are easier. In the meantime, the world is beset with lack of driving forces for economic growth, an ever more prominent gap in development, a cold war mentality and unilateralism. We need to jointly explore a fairer and more effective global governance plan that conforms to the trend of historical development.

Wang Yi put forward a three-pronged proposal to the forum. First, we advocate candid consultations, sincere communications, in-depth exchanges and mutual learning among countries for thoughts, wisdom and consensus to improve the global governance. Second, we should focus on cooperation, carry forward the spirit of partnership featuring standing together through thick and thin, and mutual benefit and win-win results, and have thorough discussions on cooperation between China and France in such areas as connectivity, World Trade Organization reform and digital governance. Third, we should put forward constructive and feasible solutions for win-win and multi-win results so that people from various countries and all walks of life could share the benefits of global governance.

Wang Yi said that China and France should undertake historical responsibilities, uphold a vision of global governance featuring extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, staunchly safeguard multilateralism and the contemporary international system with the United Nations (UN) at the core, jointly promote world peace and development, and make unremitting efforts to advance the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Jean-Yves Le Drian noted that it is of great significance that France and China co-hosted the global governance forum during President Xi Jinping's state visit to France. Fifty-five years ago, General Charles de Gaulle made a strategic decision to establish diplomatic relations with China, which showed France's independence and helped create a more balanced international system. France firmly supports the UN system and believes that multilateralism is indispensable. In the face of a reality that basic principles of international relations are threatened by unilateralism and protectionism, France and China should join efforts, constantly make innovation, compare notes on the framework of global governance and jointly face challenges. The French side supports fair competition, common security and is ready to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese side on such global agenda as addressing the climate change. As Eurasian connectivity and the Belt and Road Initiative are complementary, the French side supports the alignment of the two and the cooperation with the Chinese side on specific projects.

The forum was co-hosted by the State Council Information Office of China and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, and the opening ceremony was attended by some 200 people from business circles and think tanks of China and France.

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