Chinese President Hu Jintao (L, front) and French President Nicolas Sarkozy inspect the guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony at the airport in Paris, France, Nov. 4, 2010. Hu arrived in Paris Thursday for a state visit to France. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)
Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Paris Thursday for a state visit to France, aimed at promoting long-term and stable development of comprehensive strategic partnership between China and France.
Later in the day, President Hu is expected to hold talks with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy on bilateral ties and major world and regional issues of common concern, Chinese officials said.
"In the face of complicated and profound changes in the international situation, Hu and his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy, would discuss how to work together to highlight the strategic nature and the overall importance of the partnership between the two countries," said Kong Quan, Chinese Ambassador to France, in an interview with Chinese reporters last Monday.
"The two sides will also explore and decide ways of bilateral cooperation which lays stress on the spirit of times and creativity," he added.
The ambassador said that the two countries will sign a number of cooperation deals during Hu's visit.
Since China and France set up diplomatic ties 46 years ago, bilateral relationship has played a leading role in relations between Western countries and China because of its pioneering nature and strategic significance.
France is China's important trading partner in the European Union. The two-way trade was registered at 38 billion U.S. dollars in 2008.【1】 【2】 【3】 http://paper.people.com.cn/rmrb/html/2010-11/05/nw.D110000renmrb_20101105_2-01.htm