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Former PM says France values China's interests

A FORMER French Prime Minister said yesterday that France values relations with China and does not intend to infringe upon China's core concerns.

"France sticks to the one-China policy, respects and supports China's sovereignty, reunification and territorial integrity," Jean-Pierre Raffarin told Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday.

The issues concerning Tibet were China's internal affairs, Raffarin said, noting that France fully recognized the sensitivity and serious consequences of related issues.

France attached great importance to China's positions and would take practical action to restore mutual political trust and promote the improvement and growth of bilateral relations, he said.

Raffarin said his country was ready to increase cooperation with China to jointly cope with the global financial crisis and other challenges.

Raffarin and his delegation are in China on a visit ending this Saturday at the invitation of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs.

Bilateral relations hit a low after French President Nicolas Sarkozy held a private meeting with the Dalai Lama last year in Poland. China postponed the 11th China-EU Summit and lodged a protest against the meeting, saying it "severely undermined China's core interests."

As to current difficulties in Sino-French ties, Premier Wen Jiabao said the blame did not lie with China.

"We will not change the basic principles of adherence to mutual respect, equality and mutual benefits and non-interference in each other's internal affairs," Wen said.


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