BEIJING, June 7 (Xinhuanet) -- France and Japan have vowed to deepen their cooperation on nuclear technology and the development of military equipment.
Visiting French President Francois Hollande and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a joint statement, pledging to prevent nuclear proliferation while raising safety standards for nuclear energy.
The two sides also agreed to establish regular dialogues on defense equipment cooperation. Abe has expressed concern over French exports of equipment to China; while Hollande reiterated that the helicopters sold to China were not intended for military use. The two countries also exchanged agreements on various joint projects, including nuclear fuel recycling and tourism promotion.
Hollande arrived in Japan Thursday for a three-day state visit. He will be attending a state banquet hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Friday evening. The French President’s visit ends Saturday.