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Li Keqiang Meets with President Joachim Gauck of Germany

On March 21, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People with President Joachim Gauck of Germany, who was on a state visit to China.

Li Keqiang stated that Germany is an important cooperative partner of China in Europe. Pursuing the principle of mutual respect, equal treatment and honesty over the years, the China-Germany relations have become the front runner of China-EU relations. President Xi Jinping and you have held productive talks. The Chinese side is willing to make joint efforts with the German side to promote greater development in bilateral relations.

Li Keqiang pointed out that the China-Germany economic cooperation has become closer, making both economies more inseparable and interdependent. We are willing to deepen cooperation with Germany in trade, investment and other areas, advance the alignment of the "Made in China 2025" strategy and the "Industry 4.0" strategy of Germany, and combine Germany's advanced technology with China's cost-effective and competitive equipments to jointly develop the third-party market cooperation. China has a huge market, and will further open up to the outside. We welcome enterprises from all countries, including Germany, to expand their investment in China for the sake of mutual benefits and win-win results. I also welcome Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to visit China and hold the fourth round of China-Germany inter-governmental consultation in 2016 to conduct in-depth discussion on the deepening of the bilateral relations and cooperation.

Joachim Gauck expressed that Germany and China share strong willingness on developing bilateral relations. Both sides enjoy stable economic and trade relations as well as more active mutual investment. The German side respects China's achievement in economic and social governance as well as development, and pays attention to and supports China's development. The German side welcomes the Chinese side to increase its investment in Germany. Germany is willing to, together with China, actively implement consensus reached by both sides, deepen exchanges at various levels, enhance mutual understanding and trust, strengthen cooperation in high-technology, innovation and other areas, and expand people-to-people and cultural exchange in areas including education and sports so as to jointly push for new development in Germany-China relations.

Wan Gang attended the meeting.

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