Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a significant video speech on Thursday during a reception in Beijing commemorating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France.
In his address, President Xi reflected on the historic milestone, emphasising the pivotal role played by Chairman Mao Zedong and General Charles de Gaulle in fostering exchanges and cooperation between China and the West.
President Xi highlighted the extraordinary wisdom and courage displayed by the leaders 60 years ago, stating that the establishment of diplomatic ties brought hope to the world during the Cold War era.
The “China-France spirit”, characterised by independence, mutual understanding, foresight, mutual benefit, and win-win cooperation, has shaped the unique history of their relations, Xi noted.
Over the past six decades, China-France relations have remained at the forefront of China’s engagement with Western countries, contributing to world peace, stability, and development, President Xi affirmed. Looking to the future, he called for upholding the original aspiration of diplomatic relations, daring to make greater progress, and fostering closer people-to-people ties through cultural and sports exchanges.
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President Xi urged the two nations to advocate for an equal and orderly multi-polar world and inclusive economic globalization. He emphasised the need for joint efforts in addressing global challenges and contributing to world peace. Additionally, he encouraged cooperation in emerging areas such as green industries and clean energy to expand mutual benefits.
In his video speech, French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged General Charles de Gaulle’s historic decision 60 years ago to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.
Macron highlighted the responsibility of both nations to build on the ambitious goals set in 1964 and continue working together for mutual benefit, world peace, and stability.
Expressing France’s willingness to join hands with China in addressing global challenges, Macron emphasised the importance of the France-China Year of Culture and Tourism in enhancing people-to-people exchanges, especially among the youth.
The two nations are set to hold an event at the Palace of Versailles in Paris on January 31 to celebrate the 60th anniversary, featuring video speeches from the two heads of state. As both leaders envision a future of collaboration and shared development, the celebration marks a momentous occasion in the enduring friendship between China and France.