China and France agree to strengthen cooperation and multilateralism

Wang Yi

6th June 2023 – (Beijing) On Monday, Wang Yi, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, held a phone conversation with Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic advisor to French President Emmanuel Macron. The two sides discussed the implementation of strategic consensus reached during Macron’s visit to China in April and exchanged views on global challenges.

Wang emphasized that China and the European Union (EU) share common interests and should focus on cooperation to provide more stability to the world. He praised Macron’s recent remarks on various multilateral occasions, which he said demonstrated France’s independent diplomacy. Wang also appreciated other European countries’ engagement in dialogue and contact with China.

Bonne expressed France’s willingness to strengthen cooperation with China and contribute to the development of France-China and EU-China relations, as well as international peace and stability. He emphasized the importance of Europe remaining united, upholding its independence, and establishing a partnership with China based on mutual respect and common prosperity.

The two sides also exchanged views on global challenges, including the Ukrainian crisis. Bonne said that France is looking forward to closer cooperation between the Global North and the Global South to achieve a more balanced and sustainable global development. Wang highlighted that China has been advocating for developed countries to take concrete actions to support the development of the Global South. As the largest developing country, China is committed to providing support to developing countries and safeguarding their legitimate rights and interests through South-South cooperation.