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French President Visits China
   2015-11-02 22:02:43    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang Peng
French President Francois Hollande has started a two-day visit in China.

He has met Chinese President Xi Jinping here in Beijing.

Topics on the table between the two leaders include bilateral trade and investment, political exchanges, as well as the forthcoming climate summit due to be held in Paris later on this year.

China, the most populous country and the biggest emitter of climate-warming greenhouse gases in the world, has promised it will try to cap its rising emissions before 2030 as part of its national pledge ahead of the Paris conference.

Hollande says that Chinese support was "essential" to reaching an effective deal at the Paris conference.

" Ití»s an exceptionally important moment for the international community to understand if it is capable of assuming its responsibilities. France has done everything to prepare for this meeting and I am not talking about the hospitality we will extend to the participants, I am talking about real preparation and I know that our discussions today will have an important bearing so that we can lead other countries towards a deal at the Paris conference."

The two leaders are expected to issue a joint statement later on today.

As part of his time in China, Hollande has visited a Sino-French water treatment company in Chongqing to highlight cooperation in green growth industries.

The French President is among a list of European leaders who have recently made stops in China, including the King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander and German Chancellor Angele Merkel.

Professor Cui Hongjian is the director of the department of EU Studies with the China Institute of International Studies.

He says the frequent visits by European leaders show that China remains an attractive economic partner to the European market.

"We know, after 2009, European countries have suffered debt crisis and financial crisis. Although their economies are getting better in these years, but the sign of economic recovery is still comparatively weak. They think, China, as a representative of emerging markets, has a great potential. Thus they hope the emerging markets like China could help revive their economies."

China and France have witnessed several important visits in recent years.

Last March, President Xi visited France as part of a European tour, and announced a decision with President Hollande to elevate bilateral relations to a close and lasting comprehensive strategic partnership.

And Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited France in June this year, when the two countries agreed to jointly cooperate in third-party markets in the areas of infrastructure, nuclear energy, aviation, agriculture, health and climate change.

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