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Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Holds Talks with His Counterparts of France and Other Seven Countries in Hamburg


On May 28, 2007, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks respectively with his counterparts of France, Japan, Pakistan, India, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Latvia and the United Kingdom on the sidelines of the ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Hamburg.

While meeting French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, Yang said China is ready to work with France to further develop the China-France comprehensive strategic partnership as agreed in a recent phone call by Chinese President Hu Jintao and the new French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Kouchner, on his part, said France hopes the two sides could maintain high-level exchanges and expand cooperation in trade and technology. France would like to hold more talks with China over key international and regional issues, he said. France will always stick to the one-China policy, said the French foreign minister.

In his meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso, Yang said sustaining the healthy and stable development of Sino-Japanese relations is in the fundamental interests of both countries. However, an appropriate solution to the issues concerning history and Taiwan is the basis of the bilateral ties, he said. Aso said Japan would continue to abide by the principles of the Japan-China Joint Statement, the Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship and the Japan-China Joint Declaration and seek to find proper solutions to the issues of concerns. Wen Jiabao said China would like to strengthen bilateral ties with Japan by expanding mutually beneficial cooperation and enhancing political trust as agreed by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during Wen's visit to Japan in April.

Yang and Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri hailed the new results of bilateral ties in recent years, agreeing to earnestly implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, deepen all-round exchanges and cooperation and push China-Pakistan ties to a new level.

When meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Yang said developing stable, good-neighborly relations with India is the established policy of China. China is willing to hold more talks with India over important issues to enrich the China-India strategic cooperative partnership, Yang said. Mukherjee said India is ready to work with China to further expand trade cooperation and to have dialogue with China over international issues.

Yang met with Thai Foreign Minister Nitya Pibulsonggram, saying the two sides should take the opportunities of the current visit by Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanon to Beijing and the signing of the action plan for strategic cooperation to further strengthen the good-neighborly, friendly relations of mutual trust. Pibulsonggram said Thailand is ready to keep closer cooperation with China to advance the mutually beneficial cooperation set forth in the action plan.

While meeting with ROK Foreign Minister Song Min-soon, Yang said China would cooperate even more closely with the ROK and other parties of the six-party talks to push for early denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Yang and Latvian Foreign Minister Artis Pabriks agreed to push for China-Latvia friendly cooperative ties.

In the meeting between Yang Jiechi and British Minister of State Ian Mccartney, both sides agreed to strive to promote new progress of bilateral relations in all areas.

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