Gao Hucheng, Minister of MOFCOM, met with Nicole Bricq, French Minister of ForeignTrade who accompanied French President Francois Hollande on his visit to China in Beijing on April 26, and they exchanged views on Sino-French trade and economic relations and the cooperation of common interest.
Minister Gao stated our leader had an in-depth exchange of views on trade and economic relations, reached extensive consensus and yielded fruitful results during President Hollande’s visit to China, and they delivered speeches yesterday in China-France Business Forum which was a complete success. Currently, trade and economic relations of the two nations are stepping into a new historical era and facing new opportunities for development. Both sides should seize such opportunities, deepen bilateral cooperation and positively develop a new type of trade and economic partnership as set by leaders of our two countries
Minister Gao said Chinese and French economy is highly complementary, having great potentials in economic and trade cooperation. The Chinese side hoped to expand the scale of bilateral trade investment and promote the facilitation of two-way investment with the joint efforts. Since Chinese market is opening up and China doesn’t seek for trade surplus, our two sides should make joint efforts to enhance a balanced and steady development in bilateral trade. China expected the French side to play a role in EU investigation on the case of anti-dumping and countervailing duties to Chinese photovoltaic enterprises and urge EU to cautiously utilize trade remedy measures as so to safeguard the overall situation of Sino-EU trade and economic relations. The Chinese side hoped the differences can be resolved in industries of both sides for more cooperative opportunities through communication and consultation, and also suggested the establishment of Sino-France Working Group on Standardization under the framework of joint meetings as so to strengthen the cooperation in the area of standardization. China is ready to work with France to achieve substantial progress in ecological park zones and high-tech trade cooperation.
Mr. Bricq stated that the French side attaches great importance to French-China trade and economic relations by positively supporting French enterprises to invest in China and hoping to provide high-quality goods and services for China’s development in the areas of agriculture, food, medical care, digital economy and urban sustainable development. He said both sides should enhance the cooperation on standardization and also expand bilateral trade as welll as oppose trade protectionism.
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