Vice FM visits France to discuss ties

Updated: 2012-05-23 23:30

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PARIS – Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao arrived in France on Wednesday for a two-day visit to discuss bilateral relations with the French side, according to a statement issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Song will meet with Pierre Sellal, Secretary General of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Thursday and then will hold discussions with Paul Jean-Ortiz, foreign affairs advisor for French President Francois Hollande, at the Elysee Palace, the statement said.

It did not reveal the details of the subjects to be discussed between the two sides. But the statement expressed the French commitment to the further development of bilateral ties and said France hoped to have a broad and substantial dialogue with China within the framework of strategic partnership between our two countries.