Updated: 2014-05-06 14:58
France becomes China's fourth biggest trading partner within the European Union, while China is France's No. 1 trading partner in Asia.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) holds a welcoming ceremony for French Prime Minister Francois Fillon (R) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 21, 2009. [Xinhua/Liu Weibing]
China proposed to advance its economic and trade relations with France to a new level by taking the opportunities that may emerge when tackling global challenges including the financial crisis and climate change.
Premier Wen Jiabao made the remarks when meeting with visiting French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, who witnessed an unveiling ceremony of the biggest new energy joint venture between the two countries.