Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with French President Francois Hollande, who is here to attend the Group of 20 (G20) summit, in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, Sept. 5, 2016. (Photo: Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
China always sees France as an important strategic partner no matter how international situations change, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday.
Xi made the remarks while meeting with French President Francois Hollande after a two-day G20 summit in the eastern city of Hangzhou.[Special coverage]
Xi spoke highly of France's support for the summit, which has yielded rich results.
The quality and level of bilateral relations have been elevated comprehensively in recent years, which have brought about benefits to the people of both sides, Xi said.
China is willing to work with France to deepen pragmatic cooperation in various areas, enhance people-to-people exchanges and strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs, he said.
He pointed out that China and the European Union have extensive common interests.
China is happy to see a prosperous and stable EU, will not change its policy of supporting European integration, and will continue to deepen pragmatic cooperation with the EU, he said.
China expects France to play a greater role in promoting the healthy development of China-EU ties, the Chinese president added.
Hollande congratulated on the achievements at the G20 Hangzhou summit, especially the consensus on boosting world economic growth and trade, and tackling climate change.
France pays high attention to its relations with China, and is willing to promote cooperation with China in agriculture, food, nuclear power, tourism, environment as well as international and regional hot spot issues, Hollande said.