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Top Chinese lawmaker arrives in Paris to start official goodwill visit

07-08-2010 08:50 BJT Special Report:Wu Visits France, Serbia, Switzerland |

PARIS, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Wu Bangguo, China's top legislator, arrived in Paris on Wednesday to launch an official goodwill visit to France.

Wu Bangguo (R Front), chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, arrives in Paris to start an official goodwill visit to France on July 7, 2010.(Xinhua/Zhang Duo) 
Wu Bangguo (R Front), chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National 
People's Congress, the country's top legislature, arrives in Paris to start 
an official goodwill visit to France on July 7, 2010.(Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

In a written statement released at the airport, Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress( NPC), said his eight-day visit was aimed at advancing the Sino-French all-round strategic partnership in a healthy way.

China, he said, was willing to further consolidate political mutual trust and enhance substantial cooperation with France in the spirit of mutual respect and the win-win principle.

Wu is here at the invitation of Bernard Accoyer, the speaker of the National Assembly, and Gerard Larcher, the Senate president. During his stay in France, Wu was to meet with President Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister Francois Fillon and leaders of the country's parliament.

Wu's trip was the first official visit by a top Chinese legislator to France since 1997.

France is the first leg of Wu's three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Serbia and Switzerland. Wu will attend the third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in Gevena during his stay in Switzerland.

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