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France-Chine : Technologie contre marché

jeudi 30 septembre 2004

Article dans le China Daily :

France is the fourth-largest trading partner of China among the European Union members. Bilateral trade hit a record US$13.39 billion in 2003, up 60.9 per cent over 2002. During the first seven months of 2004, trade between the two nations reached US$9.5 billion, up 39.6 per cent year-on-year.


French investment in China amounted to US$6.15 billion at the end of last year, making France the third largest source of direct investment in China among EU members, according to the Ministry of Commerce. It is, however, only 1 per cent of France’s annual outward investment


Transfer of technology has been an important part of the co-operation between the two countries (France and China).

By the end of 2003, China had imported a total of 2,009 technological items from France, involving US$10.93 billion, making France China’s second largest source of technology imports among members of the European Union.


Chirac said he expected the number of French small and medium-sized businesses in China could reach 7,000 in 2007 from today’s 3,700.


"China needs French technology while France needs the Chinese market. China and France are highly complementary in economic areas and have huge potential for co-operation," the official said. (Li Gang, an expert on China-Europe trade from the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Co-operation).

Tout cela a lieu en préparation de la visite de Chirac en Chine prévue pour les 8 au 12 octobre 2004.

Voir en ligne : China Daily Sino French trade ties expand