China and France have vowed to revive growth in bilateral trade, which contracted last year for the first time since 2009, China Daily reported Wednesday. “We need to push for growth in bilateral trade and rebalance our trade relations,” French trade minister Nicole Bricq was quoted as saying at a news briefing in Paris Monday after meeting with her Chinese counterpart Gao Hucheng. Bilateral trade fell 2 percent last year to 55.3 billion euro (US$76 billion), according to France’s Ministry of Foreign Trade. Gao, who was in Paris to attend an annual high-level trade dialogue, said China wants to deepen trade and investment relations with France, especially in areas such as agriculture, food processing, health, telecommunications, urban sustainability and environmental protection.
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