The China-France High Level Economic and Financial Dialogue (HED) is a key platform for bilateral communication and policy coordination on strategic, overarching and long-term issues in the economic and financial fields. The last five rounds of Dialogue, which were held in November 2013, September 2014, September 2015, November 2016 and December 2017 respectively, have made active contribution to the expanding and deepening of the Sino-French comprehensive strategic partnership.
Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua and French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire co- chaired the 6th HED on December 7th, 2018 in Paris. They were joined by a high-level delegation of senior officials from broader authorities of both countries.
To constantly intensify the close and durable Sino-French comprehensive economic strategic partnership in an innovative manner, both sides held an in-depth discussion on moving forward macroeconomic policy coordination and global economic governance, coordinating on environmental issues, cooperating in third markets and on connectivity, cooperating on trade and investment, promoting industry and major projects cooperation, developing agriculture and agri-food industry cooperation and deepening financial cooperation. During the 6th HED, both sides reached consensus on seven subjects:
I. Macroeconomic policy coordination and global economic governance
II. Cooperation on environmental issue
III. Cooperation in third markets and on connectivity
IV. Cooperation on trade and investment
In this section 4 agreements concern Intellectual Property (IP)
26. Both sides agree to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of intellectual property (IP) under the frameworks of China-France Cooperation Agreement on Intellectual Property, as well as other relevant bilateral cooperation agreements and mechanisms. Both sides recognize the important role of intellectual property in promoting innovation and economic growth and underline the mutual benefits of bilateral cooperation in this field. The two sides will organize the Joint Committee Meeting on Intellectual Property in 2019 to share the best practices in IP creation, protection and utilization.
27. Both sides will cooperate to strengthen the legal protection and effective enforcement systems of geographical indications (GI) and trademarks in China and France.
28. Both sides agree to strengthen the cooperation on the enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) both offline and online, and in particular continue to welcome initiatives with e- commerce and social media platforms to use reasonable best efforts to adopt appropriate, proactive and preventive actions against suspected IPR violations by relying on available information, technology and resources.
29. Both sides will exchange best practices about building a predictable IP judicial system, especially written procedure, transparency of communication between litigants and judges, evidence exchange proceedings, preliminary injunctions, evidence preservation orders.
V. Cooperation on industries and major projects
VI. Agriculture and Agri-Food industry
Both sides recognize the importance of the French-Chinese Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) Committee and agree to ensure regular meetings of this Committee.
47. (1) In this context, both sides wish to deepen cooperation and implement joint training in SPS issues. Especially, a training onto the implementation of Chinese food health standards in French exporting plants will be implemented in 2019. Similarly, both sides wish to deepen cooperation in e-certification, in the framework of the agreement signed on January 10th, 2018.
(2) In the spirit of the constructive and fruitful SPS Committee, held in Paris on September 19th, 2018, China shall grant approval to those French beef meat (as a conclusion of the tight cooperation that China and France built during the 1st semester of 2018), pork meat and dairy industries satisfying Chinese requirements by the end of the year. China shall also organize a new inspection mission during the 1st semester of 2019 in meat and infant formula sectors.
48. The Chinese side has approved 27 Infant milk formula recipes of 3 French companies, and the formula recipes of 1 French company are in examination process. The Chinese side wishes that the French candidate companies cooperate with Chinese authorities by positively submit supplementary materials so that the Chinese side can speed up the examination process accordingly on the basis of sino-french friendship.
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