China cherishes French ties: Wen

April 24th, 2008 - 9:43 pm ICT by admin  

BEIJING, April 24 (Xinhua) Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao Thursday urged France to work together to strengthen bilateral relations. Wen made the remark while meeting former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and recalled that France was the first Western power to forge diplomatic relations with China, and also first European Union (EU) member state to set up a comprehensive strategic partnership with Beijing.

China valued its friendship with France, which was fostered by leaders of several generations from both nations and by the two peoples, Wen said.

The Chinese premier also spoke of the recent violence in Lhasa and other places, and stated his country’s stance on the issue.

Raffarin said France attaches importance to the comprehensive strategic partnership with China, and that his country has always adhered to the one-China policy since the two nations forged diplomatic relations.

To safeguard China’s reunification and stability is in the interests of all countries, Raffarin said, adding that Europe should know more about Tibet’s real situation.

The Olympics is a grand event and the international society has the responsibility to make a positive contribution to the Beijing Games, Raffarin said and expressed his unhappiness over the incidents during the Paris run of the Olympic torch.

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