On 15th June 2016, CCIEE Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Zhang Xiaoqiang met with French Ambassador Maurice Gourdault-Montagne at the Center. They exchanged views on the 13th Five-Year Plan, economic and trade relations between China and France, the “Belt and Road” initiative, AIIB and global governance, among others. CCIEE Vice Chairman Zhao Jinjun, Counselor Zhu Jing of the European Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Head of CCIEE Economic Research Department Xu Hongcai, Head of CCIEE External Affairs Department Xu Chaoyou and Political Counselor of the French Embassy Julien Le Lan were present at the meeting.
Mr. Zhang briefed the guests on the overall development of CCIEE and the effort it has made in promoting China-US and China-Japan economic and trade relations. He also noted that the Center is working hard to establish a mechanism to promote the China-EU business relations.
Mr. Zhang suggested that China and France focus their economic and trade cooperation on innovative, coordinated, green, open and sharing development, a vision put forward by the outline of the 13th Five-Year Plan, and deepen cooperation in the fields of green economy, circular development, e-commerce, modern agriculture, modern service and high-tech industry.
Ambassador Maurice Gourdault-Montagne said that France supports the “Belt and Road" initiative and AIIB, and will work together with China to contribute to the stability of the Eurasian continent.
The two sides also had in-depth discussions on some other important issues in China-France and China-EU business relations. They shared the view that with interdependent and promising economic relations, China and France and China and the EU need to further strengthen communications for better mutual understanding and common development. CCIEE and the French Embassy in Beijing will step up exchanges and cooperation to contribute their part to the continued development of China-France and China-EU economic and trade relations.