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Hu Jintao Meets with Chirac, Agreeing that the Two Countries will Strengthen Cooperation Comprehensively

On the afternoon of May 9, 2005, President Hu Jintao met in the hotel where he stayed with French President Chirac before he left Moscow where he attended the celebration ceremony of the 60th anniversary of the victory of Russia's war of defending the country. The two heads of state sang high praise for the sound development momentum of bilateral relations and agreed that the two countries will make joint efforts to strengthen cooperation comprehensively as well as push China-France strategic partnership forward.

Hu Jintao said that last year was the 40th anniversary of establishing the diplomatic relationship between China and France and the two heads of state realized mutual visits. Both sides understand and support each other in a series of important bilateral, regional and international issues and maintain close coordination and cooperation. Not long ago, Prime Minister Raffarin's visit to China has yielded positive results. Both sides arrived at broad consensus on furthering China-France relationship and identified such new cooperative fields as conducting energy security dialogue. He believed that with the joint efforts by both sides, China-France mutually beneficial cooperation will certainly achieve new progresses. Chirac pointed out that France-China relations have been developing steadily. It is very important for the leaders of both countries to keep constant contacts. The French side expects that the prime ministers of both countries will realize mutual visits. He also reaffirmed that the French government will continue playing an active role in lifting EU's arms embargo against China as soon as possible.

The leaders of both countries exchanged views on strengthening China-France economic and trade relationship and implementing some concrete cooperation projects. They are confident that the mutually beneficial cooperation will continue to expand in the future. With regard to the textile and trade issues raised by Chirac, Hu Jintao responded that the Chinese side attaches great importance to them and he hoped that both sides could resolve the issues through equal negotiation.

Hu Jintao introduced the present situation across the Taiwan Straits at the enquiry of Chirac. He expressed that strengthening exchange and communication between the mainland and Taiwan is conducive to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits. Chirac noted that the French government will continue to pursue the one-China policy and will not change this position.

Chirac introduced the progress of negotiation on resolving the nuclear issue between the three countries of EU and Iran to Hu Jintao. Hu Jintao said that the Chinese side supports EU in negotiating continuously with Iran so as to find a long-term solution at an early date for it is conducive to promoting regional peace and stability.

The two heads of state also exchanged views on other issues of common concern.

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