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Wang Yi Speaks with Diplomatic Counselor to French President Emmanuel Bonne on the Phone at Request

2021-04-09

On April 9, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with Diplomatic Counselor to French President Emmanuel Bonne at the latter's request.

Bonne said, President Emmanuel Macron has always attached great importance to developing relations with China. France respects China's sovereignty and is willing to strengthen dialogue and deepen cooperation with China. France will properly handle sensitive issues on the basis of mutual trust. France-China and EU-China relations are all-dimensional, and they should feature mutual trust and mutual benefit. The practical cooperation between France and China has been fruitful under the guidance of the two heads of state. France stands ready to strengthen communication with China, promote cooperation in civil nuclear energy, aerospace and public health, and jointly play a bigger role in addressing climate change, biodiversity and other global challenges.

Wang Yi said, President Xi Jinping and President Emmanuel Macron have maintained close communication and offered strategic guidance for bilateral ties. China appreciates France's advocating for strategic autonomy of the EU, and is always willing to carry out equal dialogue with the EU and enhance mutual trust in the spirit of mutual respect. China and the EU, as comprehensive strategic partners, should not randomly interfere in each other's internal affairs, or even impose unilateral sanctions and confront each other. China hopes that the EU will seriously reflect on the experience of and lessons from its exchanges with China, keep cooperation as the main tone, and continue to see China as an opportunity and a partner, rather than a challenge and a rival. China and the EU should maintain continuity and stability of bilateral relations and jointly confront destabilizing factors in the world as well as various global problems.

Wang Yi said, at a time when the multilateral process to tackle climate change encountered setbacks, the two sides remained focused, and promoted global climate governance in an active and constructive manner, playing the role of the "anchor" in this respect. There will be a series of major multilateral agendas this year in climate change and biodiversity. China stands ready to strengthen coordination, build consensus and promote cooperation with France and the EU.

The two sides also held an in-depth exchange of views on international and regional issues of common concern.

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