Beijing, 26 January 2024 (TDI): Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron delivered video speeches during a reception in Beijing commemorating the 60 years of diplomatic ties between China and France.
The momentous occasion, initiated by Chairman Mao Zedong and General Charles de Gaulle six decades ago, marked a pivotal point in international relations, providing a beacon of hope during the Cold War era.
Moreover, President Xi emphasized the enduring significance of this diplomatic alliance, which has consistently been at the forefront of China’s relations with Western countries, fostering mutual benefits and contributing to global peace, stability, and development.
The “China-France spirit,” characterized by independence, mutual understanding, foresight, and win-win cooperation, has shaped the unique history of this bilateral relationship. In his address, President Xi urged both nations to uphold the original aspiration of their diplomatic ties, embrace the new era, and make substantial progress.
As a testament to their commitment, the leaders proposed utilizing the China-France Year of Culture and Tourism and the Paris Olympic Games to strengthen cultural and people-to-people exchanges, fostering closer ties between the two nations.
President Xi encouraged joint efforts to advocate for an equal and orderly multi-polar world and inclusive economic globalization, reinforcing their dedication to world peace and stability.
On the other hand, President Macron echoed these sentiments, acknowledging General Charles de Gaulle’s historic decision of establishing 60 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
He emphasized the contemporary responsibility to build on the ambitious goals set in 1964, fostering a partnership that not only serves the interests of both nations but also contributes to global peace and stability.
Furthermore, the year 2024, designated as the France-China Year of Culture and Tourism, provides a timely opportunity for enhanced exchanges between the peoples of both nations, especially the youth, as highlighted by Macron. Activities planned throughout the year aim to solidify the foundation for the future of France-China relations.
In celebration of the 60 years of diplomatic ties, China and France will host an event at the Palace of Versailles in Paris on Jan. 31. The occasion will feature video speeches from both heads of state, further reinforcing their commitment to a prosperous and cooperative future.