Fleur Pellerin traveling to China (April 20-23, 2014)
Fleur Pellerin, Minister for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, was in China from April 20-23. Her trip came in the wake of several high-level bilateral visits, including the state visit this past March by the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries.
China is one of France’s major trading partners, with exchanges in 2013 totaling 55.3 billion euros, including 14.7 billion in exports. In line with the economic diplomacy advocated by Laurent Fabius, the main objectives of Ms. Pellerin’s visit was to bolster France’s image as an economic, industrial and technological power, to promote respect for the rules of fair and balanced global governance, and to facilitate French companies’ access to the French market.
On April 20, Ms. Pellerin attended the 7th Green Companies Summit in Nanning, a major event aimed at promoting sustainable economic development, and at which France is the guest of honor. She then traveled to Beijing, remaining there from April 21-23. There she met with a number of Chinese partners in the commercial, tourism, agrifood and sustainable living sectors, as well as representatives of French companies with a presence in Beijing. She also visited the Lycée International de Pékin.