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development in China, and the EU welcomes China’s willingness to share its development opportunities.
Chinese enterprises are welcome to invest in European countries, said the European leaders, adding that they will not adopt restrictive measures against specific com
panies, and are willing to provide a fair, open and transparent business environment for all foreign enterprises.
During the visit, Peng Liyuan, Xi’s wife, also attended a number of events aimed at deepeni
ng cultural and educational exchanges between China and the European nations.
As a special envoy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the advanceme
nt of girls’ and women’s education, Peng was invited to visit the headquarters of the UNESCO in Paris.
Wang said Peng’s visit highlighted China’s image of a hardworking, responsible maj
or country that actively participates in international education, gender equality and other affairs.
in their favor. Hundreds of thousands of people marched through London on Saturday calling for a new referendum on whether to leave the EU or remain.
But with the deadline for a Brexit decision less than three weeks away, British poli
ticians remain divided, and increasingly despairing about the country’s political gridlock.
“Brexit is like the Death Star of politics,” Conservative legislator George Freeman said. “I always fea
red it would be like this. It’s destroying and soaking up all the prime minister’s room for maneuver and political goodwill.
“I’ve never known this country so divided, so angry and in such a dangerous state,” he said.
France is willing to support the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, with the best way forward
being to work together on a project-by-project basis, former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin told China Daily.
In an exclusive interview ahead of the state visit of President Xi Jinping to France
on Monday and Tuesday, Raffarin said it is in France’s national interest to be part of the BRI.
“We also want our companies to propose projects which are good for the BRI, but also go
od for our enterprises,” said Raffarin, who served as prime minister from 2002 to 2005.
such an attitude. Any nation with very strong and rapid growth is always in a very difficu
lt position in public opinion because we are afraid about the strength of others,” he said.
“For example, we were afraid of cultural pressure from the United States in the 1960s, and 20 ye
ars later, we had the same feelings against Japan with its technological projects. Now, China is bac
k around the table of big nations. I think we have to accept that and not be afraid, but to discuss.”
Raffarin said the two countries are expected to close contracts and announce new projects. He also
said the dialogue between France and China could be very useful in forming a new vision for multilateralism in a changing world.
In addition to strong existing collaboration between France and China, including in the automotive, aviation and healthcare sectors, Raffarin said the most
important thing for the future of Sino-French relations is to identify third-country projects, such as the Hinkley Point C nu
clear power plant in the United Kingdom, which is jointly financed by China and France, as well as opportunities in Africa.