China and France should further open their markets up to each other in order to increase cooperation on trade and investment, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urged on Friday, when meeting with visiting French President Francois Hollande in Beijing.
He said China and France, which are highly supplementary in their economies, share a huge potential for cooperation. "The two sides shall work to transfer the potential into actual product with a spirit of mutual benefit and innovation."
He also voiced his opposition to trade protectionism, suggesting the two not only concentrate on jointly exploring their domestic markets, but also work together to increase their share and competitiveness in the international arena.
Li expressed his wish for the two nations to score bigger achievements in the future. "China hopes to see a united, prosperous and stable Europe and will continue its support for the continent to tackle the sovereign debt issue," said Li.
Agreeing with Li's views on bilateral relations, Hollande noted that the two nations should make concerted efforts to promote global governance and tackle the challenges as the world needs France as much as it needs China.
The economies of both nations, as well as Europe, are interdependent and the French side will work with China to expand and step up bilateral cooperation in the various fields in an aim to yield mutual benefits, Hollande said.
Hollande also expressed his appreciation for China's support to back Europe and the euro and pledged to help push forward China-EU relations.
Xinhua - Global Times