France, China hope for solidarity from G20 Summit

Updated: 2011-09-24 09:28


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PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy and visiting Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo said Friday that they hoped for signals of confidence and solidarity from this year's Group of 20 (G20) Summit due in November in southern France.

They made the remarks during a meeting at the Elysee Palace, which also covered other topics including the European debt crisis.

Dai firstly conveyed greeting of Chinese President Hu Jintao to Sarkozy. Recalling previous two meetings between the two leaders this year, Dai said the meetings sustained a powerful momentum for Sino-French relations and that China was willing to better bilateral ties through joint effort with the French side.

"We hope the Cannes G20 Summit can release positive signals of confidence, solidarity, cooperation and mutual benefit," Dai said, voicing willingness to keep close communication and coordination with France to ensure a fruitful summit.

Dai said China had confidence in the euro currency and supported the integration of Europe despite of present difficulties facing a group of European countries, notably the debt crisis.

China hoped European countries could work together in a common direction to tide over the hard times, the top Chinese diplomatic official added.

Sarkozy thanked President Hu's greeting and said he would like to work with China to promote smooth development of Sino-French cooperation.

As the president of 2011 G20 Summit, France as well looked forward to issuing a strong signal of international unity in hope of boosting economic confidence and activate growth, Sarkozy said.

France attached great importance to the significant influence of China in the G20, and would intensify cooperation with China to ensure a successful meeting, the French president added.

Commenting on the eurozone debt issue, Sarkozy underlined that France saw great importance in determination to tackle the problem, vowing to take ambitiously firm measures to overcome the debt crisis along with other European peers.

Dai started his two-state visit in Europe on Thursday. Before his meeting with Sarkozy, Dai had talks with Jean-David Levitte, Sarkozy's diplomatic adviser and Xavier Musca, general secretary of the presidency and coordinator for G20 affairs.