Yang Jiechi, a Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Friday met with Philippe Etienne, a Diplomatic Adviser to French President in Beijing.

Yang, also Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries 55 years ago, bilateral relations have achieved rapid development.

He said the two sides should strengthen exchanges at all levels, consolidate political mutual trust, deepen pragmatic cooperation, jointly safeguard multilateralism, improve global governance and further develop the China-France comprehensive strategic partnership under the guidance of the two heads of state.

Etienne said the French side is willing to make closer high-level exchanges with China, strengthen exchanges and cooperation, jointly safeguard multilateralism, and push bilateral ties to a higher level.

Hu Chunhua, a Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and vice premier, also met with Etienne Friday.

The current China-French relations enjoy a sound momentum of development. The cooperation between the two sides in civil nuclear energy, aerospace and other fields is progressing smoothly and has yielded fruitful results, said Hu.

China is ready to work with the French side to implement the agreement reached in the sixth High-Level Economic and Financial Dialogue, deepen cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road and expand cooperation in fields including agriculture, science and technology innovation, Hu said.

For his part, Etienne said France attaches great importance on the joint construction of the Belt and Road and is willing to actively participate in the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.