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Top Chinese legislator in France to promote inter-regional ties

07-12-2010 17:17 BJT

Wu Bangguo (R), chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, meets with Jean-Jack Queyranne, president of the Rhone-Alpes Regional Council, in Lyon, France, July 11, 2010.(Xinhua/Ju Peng)
Wu Bangguo (R), chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National 
People's Congress, the country's top legislature, meets with Jean-
Jack Queyranne, president of the Rhone-Alpes Regional Council, in Lyon,
France, July 11, 2010.(Xinhua/Ju Peng)
BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo is visiting the French cities of Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseilles to promote cooperation and exchanges between the Chinese and French regions.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, met Jean-Jack Queyranne, president of the Rhone-Alpes Regional Council, on Sunday.

"The purpose of my visit is to further inter-regional development, enhance the people-to-people friendship and broaden the social and civil basis for state-to-state relations," Wu said in Lyon, the largest city in Rhone-Alpes region.

Later on Sunday, Wu also met Alain Juppe, mayor of Bordeaux city known for its quality wines.

Wu is on an eight-day official goodwill visit to France. Following meetings with the French national leaders, the top Chinese legislator has been meeting extensively with leaders of regional governments and parliaments outside Paris.

He will also visit Marseilles on Tuesday.

Wu encouraged the region to expand exchanges and cooperation with China, saying that some Chinese revolutionary leaders of the old generation, including Deng Xiaoping, were once pursuing studies there.

Nowadays some Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Suzhou have successful cooperation with the French region, Wu said.

France is now China's fourth largest trading partner within the EU, and China is France's biggest trading partner in Asia. Bilateral trade in the first five months of 2010 grew 40 percent year on year to 17.2 billion U.S. dollars.

The Chinese leader noted that Rhone-Alpes is the leading energy business hub and the second largest economic region in France.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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