Source: Peking Review, No. 38, September 21, 1973
At the invitation of Mr. Tung Pi-wu, Acting Chairman of the People's Republic of China, and Mr. Chou En-lai, Premier of the State Council, President of the Republic of France Georges Pompidou paid an official visit to the People's Republic of China from September 11 to 17, 1973. President Pompidou was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Michel Jobert and other personalities.
The President of the Republic of France and the personalities who accompanied him visited Peking, Ta-tung, Hangchow and Shanghai; they thus made contacts with the Chinese people and obtained first-hand knowledge of the economic, social and cultural development of China. Wherever they went, they received a warm welcome and friendly hospitality from the Chinese Government and people.
Chairman Mao Tsetung met the President of the Republic of France. The two leaders had a long friendly conversation.
The President of the Republic of France held talks with the Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China. They exchanged views in a friendly and deep-going way on principal international problems and Sino-French relations.
Taking part in the talks were:
— on the French side: Mr. Michel Jobert, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean de Lipkowski, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Edouard Bailadur, Secretary-General of the Presidency of the Republic, Mr. Geoffroy de Courcel, Ambassador of France, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Etienne Manac'h, Ambassador of France to the People's Republic of China, Mr. Jean-Bernard Raimond, Technical Adviser to the Secretariat-General of the Presidency of the Republic, and Mr. Henri Froment-Meuricc, Director for Asian and Oceanic Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
— on the Chinese side: Mr. Chi Peng-fei, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Chiao Kuan-hua, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miss Wang Hai-jung, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tseng Tao, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to France, and Mi Wang Tung. Director of the West European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This visit was the first official visit of a French Head of State to China. As such, it marks a new and important stage in the relations between the two countries.
The Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China and the President of the Republic of France note with satisfaction that the relations established in 1964 on the initiative of Chairman Mao Tsetung and General de Gaulle have undergone a continuous favourable development. They affirm their conviction that this development is in the mutual interest of the two countries and that it constitutes a positive contribution to the cause of peace and the improvement of international relations.
The talks have confirmed that the governments of the two countries are moved by a common desire to reinforce the friendship between the two peoples and develop the relations between the two countries. Although the People's Republic of China and France have different social systems, their relations are based on a good foundation, notably because of their common adherence to the following principles: equality of all countries, big or small and irrespective of their social systems, and mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity. The affairs of a country and its people should be settled by themselves free from foreign interference and in conformity with the principle of the independence of nations. For the improvement of the international situation, the two sides declare themselves against all hegemony.
Reviewing principal international questions, the two sides note that they are in extensive accord on a number of problems.
The two sides examined the situation in Asia, especially in Indochina. They express their satisfaction at the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Viet Nam signed in Paris on January 27, 1973 and also at the Agreement on Restoring Peace and Realizing National Concord in Laos of February 21, 1973 and the protocol to this agreement, signed on September 14, 1973. They hold that all the provisions of the agreements should be implemented scrupulously. They are of the opinion that the Cambodian question should be settled by the Cambodian people themselves free from foreign interference. The Chinese side reaffirms that the Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia under the leadership of Samdech Norodom Sihanouk, Head of State of Cambodia, is the sole legal government of Cambodia. China firmly supports the five-point declaration of Samdech Norodom Sihanouk. The two sides express their support for the Joint Statement of North and South Korea issued on July 4, 1972.
The two sides examined the situation in Europe. China supports the efforts made by the European peoples to safeguard the independence, sovereignty and security of their respective countries and, on this basis, to unite themselves for the preservation of their common security. With loyalty to her alliances, France pursues a policy aimed at detente, understanding and co-operation among all the peoples of the continent as well as the building of a true European union among the nine member countries of the E.E.C.
The two sides proceeded in addition to an extensive exchange of views on various problems relating to the Thud World, disarmament and international trade, and considered that such an exchange of views was in their mutual interest.
The various aspects of economic relations between the two countries were also examined. The two sides are gratified with the progress achieved in the field of economic exchanges and industrial and technical contacts, thanks particularly to a number of visits paid by delegations and to exhibitions and technical displays organized in the two countries. They are equally gratified with the favourable prospects which have appeared in this regard. They have also agreed to study further the practical possibilities of developing economic relations and the problem of increasing the exchanges in the field of technology as well as in that of industry, especially in the developed sectors of petro-chemistry, aeronautics and mechanical and electrical industry.
The two sides have further decided to conclude a maritime agreement and to strengthen their co-operation in the field of air transport
The two sides express satisfaction with the progress of contacts between their two countries in the fields of culture, language teaching, science, public health and sports and are gratified with the favourable prospects promising a new development of these contacts.
The leaders of the two countries have agreed to remain in personal contact.
The two sides state with satisfaction that the official visit of the President of the Republic of Franco to the People's Republic of China has contributed happily to the strengthening of the ties between the two countries and the friendship between the two peoples.
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