|Xi Jinping Meets with President of the French National Assembly Richard Ferrand|
On March 26, 2019 local time, President Xi Jinping met with President of the French National Assembly Richard Ferrand in Paris.
Xi Jinping pointed out that I was delighted to visit the time-honored French National Assembly, noting that the old generations of Chinese leaders once studied in France and developed a bond with France. 55 years ago, General Charles de Gaulle, with visionary thinking, made the strategic decision to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, showing the admirable spirit of independence. Such spirit has now become ever more indispensable when the world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century. At present, China-France relations, which have become closer, more stable and more productive, are marching forward on a right path. China and France, as two great nations, should intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges and exchange of thoughts, while promoting mutually beneficial cooperation in a broad range of areas. The Chinese side is willing to deepen cooperation with the French side in traditional areas and expand cooperation in emerging ones. China is committed to promoting world multipolarization and resolute in safeguarding multilateralism. We are ready to intensify communication and coordination with the French side on international affairs. It is very important that China and the European Union (EU) strengthen cooperation in the face of prominent instabilities and uncertainties in the current international situation. China firmly supports the European integration process.
Xi Jinping stressed that exchanges between the legislative bodies are an important part of China-France relations. We support China's National People's Congress in carrying out friendly exchanges and enhancing bilateral inter-party, sub-national, cultural and art exchanges with the French National Assembly.
Richard Ferrand welcomed President Xi Jinping to visit the French National Assembly. France takes pride in the precious bond between France and the first generation of Chinese leaders. The French National Assembly is ready to deepen the friendship between France and China, and inherit and carry forward the tradition of friendly communication and cooperation in various areas. The French side stands ready to join hands with the Chinese side in safeguarding multilateralism and strengthening EU-China cooperation.
When Xi Jinping arrived at the French National Assembly, President Richard Ferrand greeted him at the parking lot. The two sides reviewed the ceremonial cavalry guards.
Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the meeting.