Xiao (R) talks with Jean-Pierre Raffarin at the meeting in Beijing on Nov 9. [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
Xiao Yaqing, Chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), met with a delegation led by Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former French prime minister and President of the Prospective and Innovation Foundation on Nov 9.
Xiao briefed the delegation on the progress of exchanges and cooperation between Chinese central state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and French companies. He said that in his keynote speech at the opening of the first China International Import Expo, President Xi Jinping expounded China's proposal of win-win cooperation and common development, and announced China's new measures to expand its opening-up which demonstrate China's firm determination to pursue an open world economy and a shared future. President Xi's speech further provided guidelines for Chinese central SOEs to better enhance exchanges and cooperation with other countries, including France, Xiao added.
He went on to say that SASAC encourages and supports Chinese central SOEs to improve the width and depth of exchanges and cooperation with French enterprises based on market-oriented principle, to give full play to their respective advantages, and to achieve mutual benefits and win-win development.
Raffarin noted that globalization is an irreversible trend of the times, adding that the vigorous and stable development of China's economy is an important pillar of world economic growth.
French enterprises attach great importance to cooperation with Chinese enterprises, with which they hope to work to propel international trade onto a smooth and harmonious track as soon as possible, he said.
They also exchanged ideas on other issues of common interest.
(Executive editor: Hao Wen)