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60 Years' Flourishing China-France Cooperation

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By LIN Yuchen

As the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and France is commemorated in 2024, a tapestry of cultural exchange, economic cooperation and mutual understanding is unfolding. The tie established six decades ago has evolved into a robust partnership, contributing to global harmony and progress.

At the heart of this milestone lies cultural exchange. The exchange of gifts between the leaders of the two countries symbolizes the deep-rooted friendship between the two nations. A treasured French edition of An Introduction to the Analects of Confucius, dating back to 1688, was gifted to Chinese President Xi Jinping by his French counterpart, President Emmanuel Macron, in 2019. The symbolic gesture underscored the enduring resonance of Confucian philosophy across continents and the fusion of ancient Chinese wisdom with the Age of Enlightenment in France in the 18th century.

Bilateral economic ties have also thrived, exemplified by the fruitful collaboration showcased at events like the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. France, renowned for its culinary delights and wine culture, has found a receptive market in China, while Chinese products, from agricultural produce to technological innovations, find their way into French markets. This synergy not only enriches bilateral trade but also fosters a deeper appreciation of each other's heritage.

Cultural immersion has transcended borders, with initiatives like the Phoenix Bookstore in Paris showcasing Chinese literature, and Chinese students eagerly gearing up to be volunteer at the Paris Olympics that will kick off in July. These exchanges of language, literature and sports embody the spirit of mutual learning and respect.

Furthermore, diplomatic engagements at the highest level reflect a commitment to global cooperation. President Xi and President Macron's exchange of congratulatory messages on January 27 on the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties emphasizes their shared vision of a peaceful, prosperous world. Their pledge to enhance strategic partnership underscores the pivotal role China and France play in addressing global challenges, from climate change to economic development.

Looking ahead, the 60th anniversary marks not just a milestone but a springboard for deeper collaboration.

As France is slated to be one of the guest countries at the CIIE in November, and cultural events like the Yu Garden Lantern Festival illuminates Parisian streets to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the future brims with possibilities for closer ties.

In essence, the 60th anniversary of China-France diplomatic relations encapsulates a journey of friendship, mutual respect and shared aspirations. As the torchbearers of civilizations, these two nations illuminate the path to a harmonious, interconnected world, where diversity is celebrated, dialogue prevails, and cooperation knows no bounds.

Editor: 林雨晨

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