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President Xi Jinping meets Merieux foundation leaders


Beijing, 8 April 2024 (TDI): Chinese President Xi Jinping held a significant meeting with Alain Merieux. President of the Merieux Foundation, and his wife Chantal in Beijing reaffirmed the enduring friendship between China and France. They shared a commitment to global health and peace.

Moreover, Xi stated that a period of turmoil had arrived. The world is going through profound changes that have not been seen in a century, he added.

He pointed out that, in addition to health issues like the COVID-19 pandemic, human society also needs to deal with geopolitical conflicts. Discussing the examples, he talked about the Ukraine crisis and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

According to Xi, China has long supported initiatives to create a society with a shared destiny for humanity. He urged for peace and demanded an end to violence.

Additionally, Xi expressed gratitude for the Merieux Foundation’s longstanding support. President Xi highlighted the critical juncture facing the world, marked by health crises like COVID-19.

Furthermore, he discussed geopolitical tensions. He emphasized China’s advocacy for peace and collaboration in shaping a shared future for humanity.

With the 60th anniversary of China-France diplomatic ties approaching, President Xi emphasized the deepening bond between the two nations. He underscored China’s eagerness to enhance bilateral exchanges.

President Xi lauded the fruitful partnership between China and France in the health sector and extended a warm invitation for the Merieux Foundation to expand its collaboration with China, reflecting China’s openness to international cooperation in addressing global challenges.

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In response, Alain Merieux expressed gratitude for President Xi’s hospitality, acknowledging China’s remarkable progress and expressing a commitment to further strengthen France-China relations, particularly in health-related initiatives.

The meeting underscored the strong ties between China and France, highlighting the mutual desire for enhanced cooperation, friendship, and contributions to global health and peace.

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