A statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang held talks with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna during a visit to Paris last week. The two officials discussed the recent state visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to China, which both sides view as a “complete success.”
During his visit to China, President Macron engaged in deep discussions with President Xi Jinping, and both Qin and Colonna commented on how the visit had helped to deepen France’s understanding of China. Qin stated that China is committed to working with France to build on the important common understandings reached by the two heads of state, and to accelerate exchanges and cooperation in various fields.
Emphasis on Win-Win Cooperation
Qin emphasized China’s commitment to promoting high-quality development and high-standard opening up, stating that the country is ready to work with France and other nations to expand cooperation and share development opportunities. China has always viewed Europe as a comprehensive strategic partner, and Qin reaffirmed the country’s support for Europe’s strategic autonomy and active role in the international arena. He also emphasized that the China-Europe relationship is not targeted at any third party, nor is it controlled by any third party.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that France-China relations are of vital importance, and that both sides should make joint efforts to work for greater development of bilateral relations. France places significant importance on its economic relations with China, considering them to be interdependent, mutually beneficial, complementary, open, and transparent. Colonna expressed France’s willingness to strengthen communication with China on major international and regional issues, in order to seek more common ground.
Overall, the talks between Qin and Colonna reaffirm the strong partnership between China and France, and the commitment of both nations to pursuing win-win cooperation and expanding two-way opening up.