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China and France discuss concerns over Ukraine crisis


Paris, 14 March 2024 (TDI): Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Eurasian Affairs, Li Hui, engaged in bilateral talks with the Deputy Director General for Political Affairs and Security of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Jonathan Lactoe in Paris. 

During the meeting, on Monday, both sides exchanged views on diverse range of topics including the China-France relations, the Ukraine crisis, along with other areas of mutual interest and concerns. 

Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Chinese Embassy in France, Chen Dong, was also present during the meeting. 

Li Hui, while expressing his views, briefed on the current round of shuttle diplomacy, highlighting that the most urgent task now is to cool down the situation and find a way out for a ceasefire and an end to the fighting as soon as possible 

Furthermore, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France. 

As independant major countries with global influence, the two countries should strengthen dialogue and cooperation, and work together to shape a peaceful, stable, equal, and orderly multipolar world. 

Moreover, the Chinese side confirmed that China is ready to continue to maintain close communication with France on the Ukraine crisis. 

Deputy Director General, Jonathan Lacôte, appreciated China’s efforts in mediating the Ukraine crisis, and thanked Special Representative Li Hui for his briefing on the current round of shuttle diplomacy. 

In addition, he added that the Ukraine crisis has brought an impact on the security of Europe and the international order.  

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Besides, France and China, as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, have greater responsibility and obligation to jointly promote the proper resolution of the crisis. 

Lastly, he affirmed that the French side is ready to continue to maintain communication with the Chinese side at all levels in this regard. 

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