|Wang Yi Holds Talks with Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of Germany|
On May 24, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of Germany in Beijing.
Wang Yi expressed that at present China-Germany relations are at an unprecedented high level, entering into a new period of all-round strategic cooperation. Attaching great importance to developing China-Germany relations, China is willing to make joint efforts with Germany to ensure the recent important high-level exchanges a success, make plans and promote bilateral cooperation in politics, economy, trade, security, innovation, aerospace, aviation, and high technology for more substantial results, enhance strategic coordination in global governance and major international affairs, and expand practical cooperation under the “Belt and Road” framework. Both sides should make full of the just-initiated High-Level China-Germany People-to-people Exchange Dialogue Mechanism to consolidate the firmer public opinion and social foundation for bilateral relations.
Wang Yi noted that China is ready to completely coordinate and support Germany in well hosting the G20 Hamburg Summit, push Hamburg Summit for new progress based on Hangzhou Summit, and make new contributions to safeguarding an open world economy, supporting multilateral trade rules and advancing world economic growth. It is hoped that the German side could play a constructive role in pushing forward the EU to fulfill its commitments in Article 15 of the Protocol on China's Accession to World Trade Organization (WTO).
Sigmar Gabriel said that this year is an important year for Germany-China relations. Attaching great importance to and cherishing the Chinese leader’s important and upcoming visit to the country, Germany stands ready to, together with China, ensure the visit a complete success, further promote mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, explore trilateral cooperation in Africa, and strengthen practical cooperation within the “Belt and Road” framework. It is believed that the High-Level China-Germany People-to-people Exchange Dialogue Mechanism will further enrich the connotation of Germany-China relations. Germany thanks China for supporting the country in hosting the G20 Hamburg Summit. The commitments in Article 15 of the Protocol on China's Accession to the WTO should be fulfilled, and meanwhile, any revision of the EU law should be in line with the WTO rules without discrimination against any country.