On October 26, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Xi Jinping pointed out that China attaches great importance to developing relations with France. Since last year, we have maintained contact in various ways, and the important consensus reached on bilateral relations is being effectively implemented and important progress has been made. Currently, the international situation is changing rapidly. Maintaining timely communication and coordination on major issues will help steer the direction of China-France relations and inject more stability into the world.
Xi Jinping stressed that China and France, on condition of effective pandemic prevention and control, should advance relevant cooperation, consolidate cooperation in such traditional areas as civil nuclear energy, aviation and aerospace, and expand cooperation in such new fields as artificial intelligence, biopharmacy and ocean affairs. China is ready to work with France to continue cooperation on biodiversity conservation, deepen green cooperation, implement the Global Development Initiative, and carry out tripartite cooperation in Africa and other regions. China and France also need to support each other in hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics and the Paris Olympics.
Xi Jinping stressed that the multiple major international events of late have once again demonstrated that France is correct in advocating the strategic autonomy of the European Union (EU). China and the EU need to continue high-level communication and dialogue, enhance mutual understanding and trust, and reduce misunderstandings and misjudgments. The two sides should also properly manage differences, and strengthen political guidance for China-EU ties, so as to ensure steady and sustained development of bilateral relations. The two sides should focus on the needs of the enterprises and people, further tap the cooperation potential in such areas as connectivity, digital technology, environmental protection, scientific and technological innovation and health care, and expand the scope of China-EU cooperation. China hopes that France will play a positive role in promoting the sound and stable development of China-EU relations.
Macron congratulated China on successfully hosting the leaders' summit of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming. France is firmly committed to promoting the development of EU-China relations in a constructive manner, and is dedicated to properly managing and resolving differences as well as deepening EU-China cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, climate change and biodiversity conservation by strengthening dialogue at all levels. France hopes to strengthen coordination with China on the Group of 20 Leaders' Summit in Italy and the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow. The French side is ready to work with China to push for more results in bilateral practical cooperation in relevant areas and hopes that the EU-China investment agreement will come into force at an early date. France supports China in successfully hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics. I am looking forward to maintaining close communication with you on France-China and EU-China relations as well as important issues of common concern.