Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo's visit to France, Serbia and Switzerland from July 7 to 20 has contributed to promoting China's relations, including trade, with the three nations.
Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), also attended the third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in Geneva during his stay in Switzerland.
PROMOTING SMOOTH DEVELOPMENT OF BILATERAL TIES
After arriving in Paris on July 7, Wu met extensively with French government officials and parliamentarians, including President Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister Francois Fillon, speaker of the French National Assembly Bernard Accoyer, Senate President Gerard Larcher and others.
France established diplomatic relations with China in 1964, becoming one of the first Western countries to set up official ties with the People's Republic of China. Because of its pioneering nature and strategic significance, the Sino-French relationship has played a leading role in relations between Western countries and China.
During the meetings, both sides hailed the traditional friendship between the two countries as well as the smooth development of bilateral ties in recent years while pledging joint efforts to boost their comprehensive strategic partnership, which was launched in 2004.【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】 【5】 【6】 【7】 【8】