|President Xi Jinping Speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron on the Phone|
On the evening of 5 June, President Xi Jinping spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on the phone.
Xi underlined the high-level strategic coordination between China and France since the start of COVID-19. He noted that as the virus is yet to be brought under effective control globally, solidarity and cooperation is the right way forward. China and France should continue to support the international community in battling the virus through joint efforts, and make Chinese-French contribution to a final victory. To that end, the two countries should advance joint research between their institutions, back up international cooperation on the development of drugs and vaccines, lose no time to follow through on the consensus of the 73rd World Health Assembly, and bolster support for the WHO.
Xi also called for more cooperation among China, France and Africa to help the continent and other less-developed regions and countries to fight the virus, adding that it is imperative to uphold multilateralism and promote world peace and stability.
Xi underscored his readiness to stay in close contact with President Macron to ensure the sound and steady development of the bilateral relationship along the right course. He noted that the two sides need to plan for exchanges at all levels in the post COVID-19 era, and conduct dialogues and communication in a steady, orderly and flexible manner. It is important to strengthen macro policy coordination and communication on economic recovery between the two sides after the end of the virus, further tap the potential of cooperation in the traditional fields, as well as exploring new areas of cooperation. The Chinese market is open to France. It is hoped that France will make good use of the "fast track" opened for business exchanges to facilitate the reopening of French businesses in China, and in the meantime, create a fair and non-discriminatory environment for Chinese businesses.
Xi pointed out that China and the EU are comprehensive strategic partners sharing extensive common interests. China is pleased to see the progress of EU integration and stands ready to ramp up strategic cooperation with the EU to advance major political agendas between the two sides. He also expressed China's readiness to work with the EU to uphold multilateralism, jointly tackle such global challenges as public health, climate change and protection of biodiversity in an effort to achieve steady and long-term growth of China-EU relations.
Macron hightlighted the sound cooperation and solidarity between China and France in fighting COVID-19 and expressed hope that such a spirit will be carried on to expand cooperation with China. France commends President Xi's announcement that China's COVID-19 vaccine, when available, will be made a global public good. France stands ready to work with China to implement the consensus reached at the WHA, support the WHO in playing its important role, and enhance cooperation with the organization to step up support for African countries in fighting the virus. Macron expressed his wish to visit China again at an early date, and said that he hopes the competent departments of the two countries will maintain dialogue and exchanges, deepen mutual understanding, and advance major cooperation projects, with the top priority being accelerating the reopening of economic activities. France is ready to work with China to uphold multilateralism and increase cooperation in climate change, biodiversity and other fields to contribute to world peace and stability. France attaches great importance to the upcoming major exchanges between the EU and China and is ready to play an active role in this regard.