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Yang Xiong Meets French Foreign Minister and President of Rh?ne-Alpes Region

    On October 18, Yang Xiong, Mayor of Shanghai, met respectively with Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister, and Jean-Jack Queyranne, President of Rhône-Alpes Region, and exchanged ideas with the guests on promoting Shanghai’s friendly cooperation with France and Rhône-Alpes Region.

    Yang said that Shanghai and France boast intense economic ties and frequent cultural and people-to-people exchanges. In the framework of the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between China and France, Shanghai stands ready to play a bigger role in the friendly cooperation by furthering economic and trade relations and extending exchanges in more areas such as culture, education, health and tourism. China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone is progressing smoothly. With the objective of facilitating investment and trade, and creating an international and market-oriented business environment based on the rule of law, the Zone will facilitate foreign companies’ investment in China, and Chinese businesses’ development abroad. He hopes that French companies will participate actively in the development of the Free Trade Zone and explore more cooperation opportunities through this platform. Shanghai and Rhône-Alpes Region signed the first friendly exchange agreement early in 1986. Since then the two sides have kept enhancing their cooperation and officialized the twinning relationship in 2008. The City of Shanghai values this friendship of three decades and will jointly support the Pavilion of Rhône-Alpes Region in the Urban Best Practice Area to become an important showcase of Shanghai’s economic and cultural exchanges with France and Rhône-Alpes Region.

    Fabius said that France-China friendly relations have kept on developing and the cooperation between France and Shanghai has great potential. France follows with great interest the development of the Free Trade Zone and is willing to make its own contribution. His country will remain open to all the investors from China and Shanghai. He also expressed the hope of extending cooperation with Shanghai in tourism, culture, environment and other areas.

    Queyranne said that since the establishment of the twinning relationship, Rhône-Alpes Region and Shanghai have carried out very fruitful cooperation in science and technology, culture, education and other sectors. The Region is ready to sign the new Memorandum of Cooperation with Shanghai, and will make the most of the Pavilion of Rhône-Alpes in Puxi Expo site to promote mutually beneficial cooperation in trade, science, culture and other areas.

    During the meeting with Fabius, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, French Ambassador to China, and Emmanuel Lenain, Consul General to Shanghai, were present.