Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will receive his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, for a meeting and working dinner on May 16.
This meeting will provide an opportunity to make progress with respect to the implementation of the guidelines set out by the French and Chinese heads of state during President Macron’s state visit to China from January 8 to 10, 2018. On the economic front, restoring our trade balance is the primary goal, as reaffirmed during the presidential visit. China is France’s sixth largest trading partner, its eighth largest customer (France’s has a market share of 1.6% in China) and its second largest supplier (China’s has a market share of 9% in France).
The discussions will also provide an opportunity to address current international issues, notably the North Korean crisis, the Vienna agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and the development of a Global Compact for the environment, the fight against terrorism as well as the strengthening of multilateralism, including in the area of trade.