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Top Chinese legislator meets French prime minister

07-09-2010 10:40 BJT

PARIS, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Wu Bangguo, China's top legislator, and Prime Minister Francois Fillon of France agreed Wednesday that China and France should further consolidate bilateral ties and expand their economic cooperation.

Wu Bangguo (L), chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, meets with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon in Paris, July 7, 2010.(Xinhua/Ju Pengg)
Wu Bangguo (L), chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's 
Congress, the country's top legislature, meets with French Prime Minister Francois 
Fillon in Paris, July 7, 2010.(Xinhua/Ju Pengg)

During a meeting at Fillon's office, the prime minister said Wu's visit will strengthen the traditional friendship between Paris and Beijing and advance the Sino-French comprehensive strategic partnership.

Wu, who is conducting an eight-day official goodwill visit to France, said China and France share common interests in many areas. It is in the interest of both countries to develop their bilateral cooperation.

The Chinese and French economies are highly complementary to each other and have great potentials for more bilateral cooperation, said Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC).

China is willing to build a long-term and sustainable economic partnership with France, said Wu, who arrived in Paris on Wednesday.

Fillon said his government encourages French businesses to expand cooperation with China in environmental protection, agriculture and the finance sector.

France and China also achieved consensus on working together to boost exchanges and cooperation between China and the European Union.

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