Chinese vice president to attend 2nd Paris Peace Forum on Nov. 11-13

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan will attend the second Paris Peace Forum in France next week, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang announced at a regular press briefing on Friday. 

Geng noted that China-France ties have been progressing steadily in recent years, with political mutual trust strengthened and outcomes of cooperation achieved in various fields. 

As China and France celebrate the 55th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this year, their heads of state made successful mutual visits and reached a range of new strategic consensuses, he said.  

Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to France in late March, and French President Emmanuel Macron visited China and attended the second China International Import Expo earlier this week. 

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Wang's trip to France for the Paris forum November 11-13, which comes days after Macron's visit to China, shows that the current China-France relations are of high quality and at a high level, the spokesperson stressed, adding that China is willing to make joint efforts with France to further enhance strategic communication and deepen practical cooperation. 

Launched by France in November 2018, the Paris Peace Forum is an annual international event on global governance issues and multilateralism. Ji Bingxuan, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, attended the first edition of the forum.