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Xi Jinping Holds Talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany
The Leaders of Both Countries Agree to Push Forward China-Germany Relations to New Highs

2017/07/05

On July 5, 2017, local time, President Xi Jinping held talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in Berlin. The leaders of the two countries spoke highly of the traditional China-Germany friendship, and they charted a new blueprint, set new targets and mapped out new paths for the development of China-Germany all-round strategic partnership in the next phase. They agreed to deepen political mutual trust, strengthen practical cooperation, deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and intensify multilateral coordination, so as to further push forward China-Germany relations to new highs.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the development of bilateral relations in the past 45 years has been a "successful story" since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Germany, which has brought tangible benefits to both countries and the two peoples. When I paid the first state visit to Germany in 2014, China and Germany established a new position of all-round strategic partnership. And over the past three years, bilateral mechanisms have covered almost all areas of exchanges between the two countries. New leaps and bounds have been achieved in economy, trade, technology and two-way investment cooperation; the connotation of people-to-people and cultural exchanges has become more profound and China-Germany relations have entered into a high level of development. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Germany, and bilateral relations are at a new historical starting point. China is willing to, together with Germany, consolidate mutual trust pool consensus, tap the potential and broaden channels in bilateral cooperation and connectivity, so as to constantly elevate the all-round strategic partnership between China and Germany to new highs.

Xi Jinping emphasized that the world situation is currently in a major adjustment period in which instability and uncertainty keeps popping up. In the face of the changing situation, the fundamental key lies in grasping the inevitable trend of world multi-polarization and economic globalization, realizing the common appeals for peace and development of all peoples and adhering to the path of win-win cooperation. China and Germany are respectively the second and fourth largest economies of the world and are also two stabilizing forces with important influence in Asia and Europe. It is compatible with the fundamental interests of both countries to strengthen the all-round strategic cooperation between China and Germany and it will be conducive to leading the development of China-Europe relations and inject more stability and predictable positive factors into the world. Xi Jinping put forward a four-point proposal on the development of China-Germany relations.

First, the two sides should intensify high-level exchanges, bring into full play of bilateral dialogue mechanism and enhance political mutual trust. Both sides should take full account of each other's core interests and major concerns and strengthen dialogue and exchanges on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment, so as to seek common ground while reserving differences, and properly handle differences. Cooperation should be made by both countries in areas such as fighting against terrorism, transnational crimes, the international fugitive repatriation and asset recovery.

Second, the two sides should stick to the path featuring openness, innovation and win-win results, carry out strategic cooperation and work together to make a bigger cake of common interest. Both sides should support the docking cooperation of "Made in China 2025" with Germany's "Industry 4.0" between the enterprises of both countries, so as to unleash the great potential for innovation when the two nations' manufacturing strengths are combined with the Internet. Both sides should encourage the two countries' enterprises to carry out more practical cooperation within the "Belt and Road" framework, strengthen the exchange of experiences in the transformation and renovation of old industrial bases and deepen cooperation in the fields of science, technology, outer space, ocean, polar, network, aerospace and aviation, and finance.

Third, the two sides should make full use of the China-Germany high-level people-to-people exchange dialogue mechanism launched this May to deepen cooperation in education, science, technology, culture, youth, political parties, think tanks, media, and promote personnel exchanges between both countries and cooperation in tourism. Both sides should take the opportunity of celebrating the 45th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations to hold a variety of cultural exchange activities.

Fourth, the two sides should strengthen coordination and cooperation in the EU and within the international organizations such as the UN and the G20 and other multilateral frameworks, maintain communication about hotspot issues regarding international and regional security in a timely manner and make due contributions to safeguarding regional stability and world peace, promoting the healthy development of world economy and building a community of shared destiny for mankind.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the G20 not only belongs to its members, but also the world. We must combine economic growth with global development to achieve positive interaction between growth and development. China appreciates Germany's action of sticking to the consensus reached during the Hangzhou Summit by continuing to focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and cooperation with Africa at the Hamburg Summit. China will support Germany to well hold this Summit, and jointly promote the Hamburg Summit for positive results.

Angela Merkel said that she has carefully read the article published on Die Welt by President Xi Jinping before his visit to Germany and agreed with President Xi Jinping's comment about Germany-China relations and that cooperation between Germany and China in extensive fields including politics, economy and culture is in accordance with the interests of both sides and has greater potential. Germany-China relations enjoy sound development momentum. The German government adheres to the one-China policy with one hundred percent and stands ready to strengthen cooperation in economy, trade and connectivity within the "Belt and Road" framework and intensify bilateral exchanges in education, culture, football, youth and sister cities. Currently, in the complex and ever-changing international situation, Germany and China should work together to promote world economic growth, cooperate closely within the multilateral frameworks such as the UNs and the G20 and keep communication and coordination in major international and regional hotspot issues and international development and cooperation, so as to safeguard world peace, stability and prosperity. Germany supports the negotiations on EU-China investment agreement and is willing to continue to make efforts to deepen EU-China cooperation.

After the talks, the leaders of the two countries witnessed the signing of multiple bilateral cooperation documents in such fields as aerospace, intelligent manufacturing, industrial Internet, digitalization, third-party market and giant panda cooperation research.

The leaders of both countries jointly met with press.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended above activities.

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