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State Councilor Dai Bingguo Holds Talks with Jean-David Levitte, Diplomatic Adviser of French President Nicolas Sarkozy
2008-04-27 00:00

On April 26, 2008, Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo held talks with Jean-David Levitte, a diplomatic adviser of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Beijing. According to the instructions of the leaders of the two countries, both sides exchanged views on the status quo and prospect of bilateral ties in a candid, in-depth manner based on the principle of facing squarely the current problems and removing obstacles.

Both sides reached consensus in the following five aspects.

First, China and France should cherish and maintain bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership. The two countries should view and handle their relations from a strategic and long-term perspective. As bilateral ties are now at a crucial moment, the two countries should make efforts to remove obstacles and strengthen mutual trust so as to promote healthy and smooth development of the Sino-French relations.

Second, the French side firmly adheres to the one-China policy, reiterates that Tibet and Taiwan are inalienable parts of the Chinese territory, holds that the questions of Taiwan and Tibet belong to China's internal affairs, and France supports the national reunification of China.

Third, the Olympic Games, as a grand activity of sports and friendship of all people in the world, has nothing to do with politics. The French side supports and wishes a great success to the Beijing Olympic Games.

Fourth, France speaks highly of China's bigger role in solving international and regional hotspot issues. The China-France comprehensive strategic partnership could play a greater role in safeguarding the peace and stability of the world.

Fifth, after the Olympic Games in August, Beijing will hold the seventh summit of the Asia-Europe Meeting, when France holds the rotating EU presidency and hosts the 11th China-EU Summit. China and France would like to make joint efforts to push forward the China-EU relations.

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