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50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China, 1964-2014

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50 years of Franco-Chinese diplomatic relations © AFP

Franco-Chinese cooperation contributes to maintaining peace and security as the two countries are members of the UN Security Council. © AFP

"The government of the French Republic and the government of the People's Republic of China have decided, by mutual agreement, to establish diplomatic relations. To this end, they have agreed to appoint ambassadors within three months". This short statement made in January 1964 marked the start of new relations between France and China, rich in diversity. The programme for the 50th anniversary of these relations is a reflection of this, touching on all domains: economic, cultural, scientific and tourism.

The establishment of France-Chinese relations in 1964, under the Presidency of Charles de Gaulle, was a founding moment: this recognition ensured France a unique position in China. It has also contributed to lasting changes in international relations.

Today, Franco-Chinese cooperation contributes to maintaining peace and security as the two countries are members of the UN Security Council. This cooperation encourages common solutions to global issues, such as the fight against climate change.

2014 also marked the 30th anniversary of Franco-Chinese relations in civil nuclear cooperation, a key area which benefits greatly from bilateral cooperation, in the same way as the aeronautic sector.

To support the development of its relations with China, France aims to welcome 50,000 Chinese students in 2015, and has committed to facilitating the visa procedures in order to better accommodate Chinese tourists.

France is ready to take action in other areas alongside China: sustainable development (a sustainable city project has been launched), the food-processing industry (French gastronomy and food security in particular), health, digital technology etc. The number, quality and diversity of the events in 2014 attested to the force of France-Chinese friendship. They further strengthened this Franco-Chinese partnership, and enabled each country to better understand the creativity and dynamism of the other.