Xi Jinping Had Talks with Macron

President Xi Jinping continues his state visit in France.

After finishing the trip to Nice, the Chinese delegation headed by President Xi Jinping left for Paris by plane and landed at Charles de Gaulle International Airport.

On March 25, President Xi Jinping had talks with French president Macron at the Palais de l'Elyseè.

Photo: President Xi Jinping and the first lady Peng Liyuan disembark from the plane.

(Courtesy: Ding Lin, the correspondent from Xinhua News Agency)


By Huo Xiaoguang, Li Jianmin, Hao Weiwei

Paris, March 25, Xinhua News Agency

President Xi Jinping had talks with French president Macron at the Palais de l'Elyseè on March 25.

During the talks, the two presidents agree that it is important to forge more solid, steady and dynamic strategic partnerships between China and France at the new historical starting point.

“Although there are great changes in international situation, Sino-French relations have always kept the momentum of high-level, healthy and steady development. Since you, Mr. President assumed the office, the relations between our two countries have reached a new stage in less than two years, and we have made a lot of new achievements. This year is of special commemorative significance. It is the 50th anniversary marking the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France. It is the 100th anniversary since the first batch of Chinese communists arrived in France under a work-study program. It is the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. History can be a mirror of the present. It is the reference for our way of development. Facing the unprecedented situation in a century, the world is at a crossroad of development. China, France, and the Europe are in a crucial phase of development. Using history as the reference, China is ready to work together with France to keep the comprehensive strategic partnerships with France at the forefront of the new era, and make more historic contributions to a world that features lasting peace, universal security, and common prosperity, and which is open, inclusive, clean and beautiful,” said Xi Jinping.

  “Political mutual trust is the key, practical cooperation is the inevitable path, and national feelings between the two countries are the foundation if we want to have a sound development of relations between China and France. Under the new situation, it is important for China and France to do better in these three aspects. We should continue to explore for a win-win approach which features independence, vision, mutual understanding, and mutual benefit when handling relations with great powers. Politically, it is important to strengthen mutual confidence between the two countries, and erect an ideal ‘lighthouse’. It is also important to take a multi-directional and multi-layered approach to deepen exchanges between the two countries. We should give full play to various dialogue mechanism to promote exchanges between the governments, legislative institutions, political parties, and armed forces between the two countries. It is important for us to respect and consider the core interests and major concerns of the two countries. It is better for us to seek agreement while shelving differences. By strengthening cooperation with the multilateral mechanisms such as the U.N. and G20, by promoting exchanges and coordination involving major international issues such as climate change, and by implementing the Paris Agreement and Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with practical actions, we are ready to uphold the basic norms governing international relations and multilateral trading system based on the U.N. Charter and its underlying principles,” said Xi Jinping. 

“On bilateral cooperation, China and France should further explore the market, and get rid of policy restrictions in the existing market. It is necessary for us to deepen cooperation in nuclear energy, aviation, aerospace and other traditional fields. It is also necessary to quicken the pace in cooperation between the two countries in sci-tech innovation, agriculture, banking, service for the elderly and other newly-emerged sectors. We appreciate the intention expressed many times by Mr. President on promoting practical cooperation with China under the ‘Road & Belt’ initiative. It is important for the two countries to effectively implement the pilot cooperation projects relating third-party market under the ‘Road & Belt’ initiative. It is also important for us to provide more support and convenience for bilateral trade and investment. By passing the Foreign Investment Law a short time ago, we aim to remarkably expand market access, optimize the business environment, strengthen protection of intellectual right, and create a high-level opening situation. We welcome more French companies to invest in China. We also expect France to provide fair, open, and non-discriminatory treatment for Chinese investors in France,” said Xi Jinping.

On cultural exchanges, Xi Jinping stressed the importance of inter-government cooperation, which is the main channel of cooperation, as well as non-government contacts between the peoples of the two countries. “We should fully tap the potential of the role of Sino-France high-level cultural exchange mechanism since it plays a coordinating role in promoting exchanges the two countries. It is important to deepen cooperation between the two countries in culture, tourism, language training, youth work and other sectors. China will cooperate with France in celebrating the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, as well as the 100th anniversary memorizing the first batch of Chinese Communists who arrived in France under a work-study program. The two countries agree to jointly host a Sino-French year of culture and tourism in 2021,” said Xi Jinping.

“China and the E.U. are two major powers, two major markets, and two civilizations in the world. China attaches great importance to Europe’s role and its strategic position. We have always treated deepening Sino-E.U. relations as the priority in our diplomacy. China is in favor of the role France plays in leading the Europe to seek strength through unity. We hope France to play a more active role in development of Sino-E.U. relations. We also hope China and the E.U. to speed up the negotiations on Sino-E.U. Investment Accord, and jointly kickstart the feasibility study on Sino-Europe Free Trade Agreement as soon as possible,” said Xi Jinping.

“Since France established diplomatic relations with China 55 year ago, the two countries have always respected each other. This provides opportunities for us to cooperate on a variety of issues. Cooperation is the keynote of the comprehensive strategic partnerships between France and China. France appreciates the great achievements made by the Chinese people for celebrating the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. France is committed to being a reliable and definite strategic partner with China. France is ready to work with China to build a balanced, stable, secure and prosperous world. France is full confidence in the future of Franco-Chinese relations. France is ready to strengthen cooperation with China in aviation, aerospace, nuclear energy, agriculture, banking, sci-tech research, auto manufacturing, service for the elderly and other fields. France is ready to cooperate with China on the integration of ‘Industrie du Futur’ with ‘Made in China 2025’. France is glad to attend the 2nd ‘Belt & Road’ Forum for International Cooperation, as well as the 2nd China International Import Expo. France is ready to promote cooperation with China in education, culture, sports, tourism, military, defense and other fields,” said Macron.

“France greatly appreciates the important leading role China plays in promoting a variety of multilateral agenda, such as tacking with the climate change, as well as international peacekeeping. France refuses protectionism. France and China agree on a variety of international issues. The two countries maintain close communication and coordination. Working together, France, China and the E.U. can advance more international agendas, improve the global governance system, and uphold multilateralism and free trade. France is ready to actively promote cooperative relations between China and the E.U. France insists on strengthening the integration of ‘Connecting Europe and Asia: Building Blocks for an E.U. Strategy’ with ‘Road & Belt’,” said Macron.

After talks, the two presidents witnessed the signing and exchange of the bilateral agreements on third-party market cooperation and other aspects.

Later, the two presidents attended a press conference.


Before having talks, President Macron hosted a grand welcoming ceremony for Xi Jinping before l’Arc de Triomphe.

It was a clear day in March. The sun shone above in Paris.

The guard of honor and military band lined at the square of l’Arc de Triomphe, waiting for the Chinese delegation. When the motorcade arrived, President Macron and the first lady Brigitte stepped forward to meet Xi Jinping, the first lady Peng Liyuan and other members of Chinese delegation. After walking forward and standing before the French national flag in the square of l’Arc de Triomphe, the military band firstly played the national anthem of the People’s Republic of China and then the national anthem of the French Republic. Accompanied by Macron, Xi Jinping inspected the French Republican Guard and the guard of honor. Later, the two presidents walked over, stood before the Tombe du Soldat inconnu, and presented a bouquet of flowers to pay their respect for the dead. The military band played the national anthems of the two countries for the second time. Xi Jinping respectively shook hands with other French officials and members of Le comité des Flamme du Soldat inconnu. After signing on the guest book, Xi Jinping respectively shook hands with veterans and standard-bearers of the Légion d'honneur. After Xi Jinping and the first lady Peng Liyuan shook hands with major French officials, President Macron and the first lady Brigitte respectively shook hands with other members of Chinese delegation.

Under the escort of motorcycles, President Xi Jinping was driven to the Palais de l'Elyseè. Over 100 French Republican Guard soldiers mounted on horses lined along both sides of the street, welcoming the Chinese delegation.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and other senior officials accompanied Xi Jinping during the visit.

Approximately 10 o’clock in the morning, after finishing the trip to Nice, the Chinese delegation flied to Paris and continued the state visit the France. Two French fighter jets took off to escort the plane.

Senior French government officials waited for the Chinese delegation when the plane touched down at Charles de Gaulle International Airport.