Vice President Xi Jinping met with the Chairman of French Foundation Merieux Mr. Alain Merieux at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on the 23rd. He said the China and France’s relationship was establish the earliest and well developed bilateral relations between China and the Western powers. In the past half a century, the diplomatic relations between the two countries have been established and developed through many significant exchanges and collaborations. China attaches great importance to this relationship and willing to join hands with France to seize new opportunities, expand cooperation in various fields, and create new momentums to China and France new strategic partnership development. Xi Jinping fully affirmed that the Foundation Mérieux made important contributions to promote China and France friendship and cooperation. He believed that through the joint efforts of people from the two countries, the future China and France’s relationship will become more prosperous.
Xi Jinping also expressed that the Chinese government attaches great importance to the development of national-wide health services and focuses on the important task to protect and improve Chinese people’s health and safety. China will continue to promote reforming the healthcare system, establish the basic medical and healthcare networks covering both urban and rural areas and enhance the basic medical insurance system as well as the public health services system in order to further improve the people’s health standards.
Xi Jinping highly appreciated the Foundation Mérieux’s long-term supports to the public health concerns and its successful collaboration with Chinese health sector for TB prevention, control of hospital infections, prevention and control of new communicable diseases and other areas. Xi Jinping hopes that the Foundation Mérieux will continue to cooperate with China to support and assist the devolvement of Chinese medical and healthcare industries.
Mr. Merieux said, the Foundation actively involves in the prevention and control of infectious diseases in developing countries and it will further strengthen its cooperation with China in the public health concerns so that it can make more contributions to Chinese disease control and healthcare system development.