Beijing: Amid a debt crisis threatening the world economy, France and China on Thursday agreed on the need to coordinate the policies of the G-20 members to reinforce global confidence. (Agencies)
The debt issue and the Libyan crisis came up for discussion during a meeting between visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People.
Sarkozy on Thursday briefly visited Beijing before heading on to France's Pacific territory of New Caledonia.
The two leaders held talks on economic woes troubling the world as well as issues related to the next G-20 summit to be held in Cannes in November.
"(We agreed) on the need to coordinate the policies of the G-20 members to take measures to reinforce global confidence," Sarkozy said.
He said China has expressed confidence in the euro and the European economy despite some concerns.
"President Hu is not worried by the situation in the eurozone. He told us he had confidence in the euro," Sarkozy said.
Sarkozy said the G-20 summit in Cannes must make decisions to propel the early recovery of the world economy.
He said China can play an important role in group's attempts to address the debt crisis.
"That is a crucial issue, in which China can play a very important role," official Xinhua news agency quoted Sarkozy as saying.
France currently holds the G-20 chairmanship.
"Your visit reflects the height of China-France strategic cooperation," Hu told Sarkozy.
Hu said stronger China-France coordination and cooperation will play an important part in pushing forward positive results from the Group of 20 nations (G-20) summit, boosting international economic cooperation and promoting the sound recovery of the world economy.
French President also asked China to join Western nations in building a free Libya.
Sarkozy said he explained that it was important for the international community to have a common vision for Libya, and that they would like China to participate in next week's Paris international conference on Libya's future.
"We explained very exactly the shape of the situation and we have proposed that (the Chinese) be invited to the Paris conference that will prepare for a free Libya, the Libya of tomorrow," Sarkozy said, adding that Hu said he would consider the invitation.
Beijing: Amid a debt crisis threatening the world economy, France and China on Thursday agreed on the need to coordinate the policies of the G-20 members to reinforce global confidence.