|President Hu Jintao Meets with French President|
NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy pledged to further promote bilateral relations during a meeting Monday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
Hu said his meeting with Sarkozy during the G20 summit in London in April helped bring the China-France relationship back on the track of healthy development, and good momentum has appeared recently in relations between the two countries, marked by increased high-level exchanges and a resumption of practical cooperation in a variety of fields.
All of that helped to build mutual political trust and boost cooperation between China and France in various areas, the Chinese president said.
China attaches great importance to its relations with France, and maintaining and developing a good China-France relationship is not only conducive to the fundamental interests of both countries, but also to world peace, stability and prosperity, Hu said.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. China was ready to work with the French side to review the historical experience of bilateral relations, and promote a healthy and steady development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations.
For his part, Sarkozy said he was pleased to see the rapid development of bilateral ties, and believed the France-China relationship was progressing smoothly.
Sarkozy stressed that the French-Chinese comprehensive strategic partnership was important to France, and that the French are willing to join hands with the Chinese to build a bright future for their bilateral relations.
Sarkozy said that France would actively participate in the Shanghai Expo, scheduled to open in May 2010, and hoped the