January 8th, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met Moscovici, the French Economy and Finance Minister, in Beijing. The two sides exchanged in-depth views on the world economic situation, China and French cooperation and other international issues. Li Keqiang said, developed countries face prominent economic contradictions, and emerging market countries are also experiencing many growth problems. Everyone should work together, enhance mutual trust and build consensus and utilize joint intelligence to face to urgent challenges in the economic and financial sectors together. I hope French will continue to improve the conditions for high-tech exports to China as well as to promote mitigating controls on high-tech exports to China from other European Union countries.
Li pointed out that the obvious contradiction between the unbalanced development in China, the biggest gap is the gap between urban and rural areas and regional disparities. In order to narrow those gaps, achieving modernization is the inevitable requirement and necessary strategy. This move will also inspire great potentials for development; however, this will be a relatively long-term process. Actively and steadily push forward the new urbanization is the complex systematic engineering challenge to reduce such gaps. The core to solve this problem is the “People Urbanization”. Furthermore, the important steps are to ensure the quality of urbanization and crack down the dual structure in those areas, to promote the development of modern agriculture, moving out of energy and resource intensive development models. My visit to Europe last year, China and the EU signed the Joint Declaration of Urbanization, we hope to cooperate with and learn more from the advanced urbanized European countries, like France. We would like to see more partnerships in idea generation and sharing, high-tech exchanges and market collaborations.
Moscovici said that France is willing to promote bilateral relations to promote China and France’s economic cooperation to a new level.