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Chinese premier meets French foreign minister for closer cooperation

(Xinhua)    09:49, May 20, 2014
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) meets with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Beijing, capital of China, May 19, 2014. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

BEIJING, May 19 -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday, calling for more technological cooperation between China and France.

Li said during the meeting that China is willing to work with France to promote bilateral relations which will help the growth of China-Europe ties and the two nations' cooperation with African countries, and deal with international challenges.

Li noted that pragmatic cooperation is the engine for the development of China-France relations and China is ready to take the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties to intensify pragmatic cooperation in all fields, jointly develop a third-party market in nuclear power outside the two nations and expand cultural exchanges.

He voiced hope for the French side to be more positive in technological cooperation with China.

Fabius said France is willing to further expand cooperation with China in key areas, jointly d