Xi Jinping Sends Congratulatory Letter to Launching Ceremony and First Meeting of China-France High-level Cultural and People-to-People Exchange Mechanism and Li Keqiang Also Sends Congratulatory Letter
2014/09/18

On September 18, 2014, the launching ceremony and the first meeting of the China-France High-level Cultural and People-to-People Exchange Mechanism were held in Paris. President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the meeting. Premier Li Keqiang also sent a congratulatory letter.

Xi Jinping said in his congratulatory letter that China-France relations are always a pair of special relations in world major-country relations. The friendly exchanges between the Chinese and French people enjoy a time-honored history. Especially since the two countries officially established diplomatic relationship, bilateral people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation have constantly developed, which draws closer the two peoples' hearts, promotes bilateral innovative practical cooperation in multiple areas and brings tangible benefits to the two peoples.

Xi Jinping stressed that I hope the China-France High-level Cultural and People-to-People Exchange Mechanism could inherit the past and usher in the future, so as to inject new impetus into the stable, sustainable, and predicable development of China-France relations and into the sound and in-depth development of China-EU relations. I wish both peoples join hands to lead the trend of mutual inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual intelligibility among civilizations and make positive contributions to advancing human civilization.

Li Keqiang, in his congratulatory letter, expressed his hope that China and France could respect and trust each other, seek common points while shelving differences, and forge ahead under the framework of the mechanism, and constantly deepen practical cooperation in all fields such as education, science, culture and health care as well as local exchanges, thus to strive to open up a new era for the close and long-lasting China-France comprehensive strategic partnership.

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