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China's top legislator Wu Bangguo met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris Friday, during his 8 day official visit to the country. The two leaders agreed to deepen strategic cooperative relations, and pledged concerted efforts to enhance G20 mechanisms, designed to manage the global economy.
During the talks with the French President, Wu Bangguo said that since diplomatic ties were established 46 years ago, the bilateral relationship has played a leading role in relations between China and The West.
He stressed China and France are "heavyweight players", and share broad common interests, including peace and the development of humanity.
Wu Bangguo voiced hope that the two sides would continue to maintain and strengthen their relationship.
On the global response to the economic downturn, he said the G20 framework played an important role due to its wide representation of the international community.
He said the establishment and improvement of the G20's summit mechanism reflected a common demand for economic globalization.
China is ready to work together with France and other G20 members to implement agreements reached at previous summits.
China is also ready to help improve the G20 working mechanism, and turn it from a crisis response platform into a global economy management system.
Wu stressed that the Chinese and French economies are complementary to each other, boast a strong basis for cooperation, and have huge potential for further development.
China is hoping the two sides will consolidate cooperation in traditional fields such as nuclear power and aviation, while expanding cooperation in energy, low-carbon technologies and the green economy.
At the same time, the two sides should also multiply mutual investment, encourage joint research and development, and encourage businesses in both countries to jointly explore other markets.
President Sarkozy agreed with Wu's remarks. He said France attaches great importance to its relations with China. Sarkozy said his country, which is due to take over the rotating G20 presidency next year, will strengthen cooperation with China, working to jointly improve the G20 mechanism and management of the global economy.