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China, France stress a multipolar world as Hollande visits Beijing

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 April, 2013, 7:38pm
UPDATED : Friday, 26 April, 2013, 4:53am

China and France pledged yesterday to promote a new international order that was not dominated by any single superpower.

President Xi Jinping told his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, he was confident they could develop a new type of comprehensive strategic partnership.

The two leaders vowed to deepen economic ties, and witnessed the signing of a number of deals and co-operation agreements, including China's purchase of 60 Airbus planes. The two also issued a joint declaration pledging co-operation.

China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding and Electricite de France signed a co-operation deal on research into nuclear reactors and nuclear power plant maintenance and upgrading.

The last major nuclear co-operation agreement between the two nations, signed 30 years ago, was for the construction of the Daya Bay nuclear power station in Shenzhen, Xinhua reported.

Both leaders stressed their desire for a multipolar world - which would dilute Washington's influence - without mentioning the United States.

"China and France are both great countries with a strong sense of independence," Xi said, adding that both nations would "actively promote … the democratisation of international relations".

He said the global order had undergone rapid changes with the rise of emerging markets, and China and France should deepen their strategic partnership, China Central Television reported.

Xi told Hollande that while China and France had different political systems, France should respect China's core interests. Hollande said France also wanted a multipolar world order.

"We want there to be a balance," he said. "We refuse a world of powers, and of superpowers. When China and France agree on a position, we can drive the world."

The two sides also agreed to hold annual high-level talks, deepen their strategic dialogue, and establish an economic and financial dialogue. Hollande wants greater access to the Chinese market. France's US$34 billion trade deficit with China last year has caused unease in Paris.

Following yesterday's talks, the two nations vowed to strengthen co-operation in the tourism and financial sectors.

Cui Hongjian, director of European Studies at the China Institute of International Studies, said the two countries, both permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, could improve ties in the forum to offset the influence of the US.

"France sometimes has different ideas from the US. China may co-operate with France."

Hollande, who was welcomed by Xi and first lady Peng Liyuan, will have lunch with them today after touring the Forbidden City and meeting Premier Li Keqiang.

Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse, Associated Press

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newgalileo
Local Chinese in Beijing did not fail to note and comment to me that the French president was with his "girlfriend" (sic) and was not married. Interesting to note how ordinary Chinese pay attention to such detail. I replied "they are as good as a normal couple and in Europe we do not find this special"... On the political side, Hollande was supposed to "complain" to China about the usual "problems". Seems business comes first and politics stayed behind in Paris.
impala
Mr Hollande is very funny. He is increasingly becoming the most entertaining G7 leader by a mile. He is so far out of touch with reality that it is starting to resemble parody.

The unipolarity of the current world order is mainly based on the fact that the US has had by far (by fahaaaaar) the largest military budget for decades. It is somewhere in the USD 700bn bracket. China comes second, but at a distance with about a 1/3 of that amount. It will become a serious regional power in the coming decade or two, but is very far from anywhere near challenging the military power of the US on a global level. I don't see China building the capacity to invade, say, Columbia, in my lifetime even if it wanted to, which is a fair comparison vis a vis the US invading Afghanistan and Iraq.

France... oh my. It spends less than 10% of what the US spends, a bit north of USD 50bn per year. That's a little more than Saudi Arabia, but still less than Japan (which officially doesn't even have a military!).

Mr Hollande thinks that now that he has defeated some farmers equipped with second-hand Gaddafi arms in Mali, France is ready to play with the big boys again. Ha ha, tres amusant. I am not sure how president Xi managed to keep his face straight listening to this man, whose highest-level experience as a member of the executive branch before he became president was his stint as mayor of a town of 15,000 people.
caractacus
M. Hollande is naive to think that China wants a multipolar world with no superpowers. China wants to be THE superpower and is simply manipulating other countries to achieve its selfish ends.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
sounds like usa to me you are referring to...perhaps you should rephrase it.
water
China does not need France. France is a third-rate power.
France is a drowning mini-power looking to use China's strength.
China should unite with Germany.
VicSexton
Unite with Germany? Oh dear, copying the Japanese again. Best stick with North Korea - a friend you can trust.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
Germany is not the old german that you know. they have move on and clearly china and Germany has a lot of areas where they can benefit each other mutually. whereas japan is the same old country...worshipping those ww2 criminals...sad indeed
 
 
 
 
 

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