President Hu Jintao is continuing his 3-day state visit to France. On Friday, he met with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon and French former President Jacques Chirac, to discuss the two countries partnership.
Meeting with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon Friday morning, President Hu Jintao said relations should adjust to the tide of the times by exploring and creating new areas of cooperation and enriching the content of the comprehensive strategic partnership.
He said the two countries should continuously enhance mutual trust in political terms and actively contribute to the strategic, stable and independent nature of bilateral ties.
He said the two sides should increase mutual investment, create a more convenient and attractive environment for investors from each country and jointly explore investment markets in third countries.
France's Prime Minister congratulated China on the success of the Shanghai World Expo, saying it fully reflected the prospect of China's development.
Fillon said China's development was important both for itself and the world.
Fillon said France supported all-round cooperation between the EU and China, noting that France was ready to work with China to explore new channels of developing bilateral relations.
Also on Friday, President Hu met with former French President Jacques Chirac in Paris.
President Hu said peace and development constituted the mainstream of the times, adding that the threat of terrorism, climate change and food security had become challenges around the globe and called for a joint response from all countries.
Chirac said he had always admired the long-standing history of China, noting that China was a nation with a huge population, ancient culture and long-standing civilization.
Hu Jintao also laid a wreath at Paris's Tomb of the Unknown Solider. After the meetings, Hu flew from Paris to Nice in southern France. And later this week, he will also pay a state visit to Portugal.