French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Paris for talks.
Macron wants to deepen European Union ties with China while pushing back against Beijing's growing global clout.
The French president said during their talk that it is an important gesture that they are making now and it is a testament to China's deep attachment to its cooperation with Europe and his desire to build a strong Europe.
"Cooperation is greater than competition", Xi said.
"With multilateralism it's possible to get a win-win approach", she said.
Both China and France advocate maintaining the basic norms of global relations based on the UN Charter and advocate the maintenance of free trade and the multilateral trading system, Xi said, stressing the two countries should continuously coordinate and cooperate closely on major worldwide issues such as climate change.
The two sides should insist on respecting and accommodating each other's core interests and major concerns, pursue harmony in diversity, and seek common ground while reserving differences, Xi said.
China supports its National People's Congress to strengthen cooperation and exchanges with the French Senate, Xi added.
"Relations between China and Europe have become indispensable in order to maintain the world order and multilateralism, " Macron told a news conference following the meeting of the four. "We have divergences, obviously in the history of humanity power does not go without rivalry, none of us are naive", Macron said. "But we respect China and are determined to have dialogue and cooperation", he added.
President Emmanuel Macron wants to forge a united European front to confront unfair Chinese trade and investment practices.
European Union chief Juncker said "European companies will need to find the same level of openness when it comes to their access to China's internal market as the one Chinese companies find in Europe: a level of total openness".
Macron pledged to boost cooperation with China in various fields and align France's Industry of the Future initiative with Made in China 2025. Despite the signing of some lucrative contracts, Macron doesn't want France to negotiate with China on its own.
France and China have a lot of common ground in worldwide affairs and have maintained close communication and coordination, he said.
Noting the increasing volatility and uncertainty in the worldwide situation with a rising tide of protectionism, Xi said China is willing to work with all parties to firmly uphold multilateralism, improve global governance and jointly address global challenges. Xi arrived in Paris from the southern French city of Nice on Monday to continue his trip to the country.
Tuesday's meeting was the last scheduled event in Xi's European visit that started last week and included stops in Italy and Monaco.