By Juliette Simbong in Paris
French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian has held talks with Wang Yi, Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thursday January 24, 2019. France and China have been in diplomatic relations for at least 55years since France recognized the People’s Republic of China, January 27, 1964.
France says it attaches particular importance to its relations with China, adding their goal is to strengthen dialogue on international issues and to deepen bilateral exchanges, notably in the economic sphere.
The two officials discussed the political and security issues on which their countries cooperate within the UN Security Council. They also discussed the North Korean crisis and our efforts to help resolve it, the preservation of the Iranian nuclear deal concluded in Vienna, the fight against terrorism, as well as support for stabilization and economic development efforts in Africa.
Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed attachment to strengthening multilateralism, including in the area of trade, especially with respect to access to the Chinese market by our firms and reciprocal investment. The duo looked into the implementation of the Paris Climate Accord and the negotiations on the adoption of a Global Pact for the Environment and the prospects for the Fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) on Biological Diversity due to be hosted by China in 2020.
The high-profiled citizens touched on the development of productive partnerships in the civilian nuclear and aerospace fields as well as cultural and scientific exchanges. These exchanges fall within the framework of the guidelines set out by President Macron and his Chinese counterpart during the state visit made by the president of the Republic of China in January 2018, National Telegraph has learned.