On November 6, 2010, Chinese President Hu Jintao wrapped up his state visit to France. He left Nice, a southern city of France for his state visit to Portugal.
Hu arrived in Paris on November 4, kicking off his visit to France. He arrived in Nice from Paris on the next day.
He held talks with President Sarkozy and met with Prime Minister Fillon during his stay in France. The two sides exchanged in-depth views on the bilateral relations and the international and regional issues of common concern.
Hu and Sarkozy agreed to push forward the China-France all-round strategic partnership. Hu stressed that China hopes to add more meanings to the China-France relations and develop the China-France all-round strategic partnership featured by mutual trust and mutual benefit, maturity and stability and global orientation against the background of profound and complicated changes in the international situation in order to help forge equal partnerships between big powers.
The two countries issued a joint statement on strengthening the all-round strategic partnership during the visit. The document made it clear that China and France, as permanent members of the UN Security Council and two major economies in the world, shoulder special responsibilities. China-France relations should continue to play a demonstration role. The two countries should not only make contributions to world peace, stability and development but also follow the purpose and principles of the UN Charter, carry forward multilateralism and respect each other's independently chosen development road. A new type of partnership between big powers characterized by equal cooperation, inclusiveness, mutual benefit and future-orientation should be built.
The joint statement noted that the two sides should deepen coordination and cooperation in international affairs, jointly cope with major global threats, especially the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and carriers of such weapons and be committed to solving the regional hotspot issues, including the Iranian nuclear issue, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the Afghan issue.
The two countries signed a series of cooperation documents involving nuclear energy, aviation, energy efficiency and environmental protection.
President Hu paid a state visit to France last time 6 years ago. During his state visit to France in January 2004, he established the China-France all-round strategic partnership together with President Chirac.