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Li Keqiang Meets with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany

On the afternoon of April 8, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang met at Ziguangge of Zhongnanhai with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, who was in China to attend the second round of China-Germany Strategic Dialogue on Diplomacy and Security.

Li Keqiang said that attaching great importance to China-Germany relations, China is willing to deepen exchanges and cooperation with Germany and is glad to see a united, stable and prosperous Europe. The fourth round of China-Germany inter-governmental consultation will be held in China within this year. It is hoped that both sides could advance the alignment between the "Made in China 2025" and the German "Industry 4.0" strategies and make breakthroughs in bilateral cooperation in third-party markets in high-speed railways and other fields, in order to promote economic growth of both countries and contribute to regional and world stability, development and prosperity.

Li Keqiang briefed on China's current economic situation at inquiry. He pointed out that the world economy is still undergoing sluggish recovery with increasing uncertainties and unstable factors. From current situation, China's economic indicators for the first quarter of this year have shown many positive changes and the overall situation is better than expected. At the same time, affected by the world economic downturn and market fluctuation, the basis for above positive trend of China's economy is not solid yet. Facing up to the difficulties and challenges, we will continue to give play to the tremendous resilience, potential and maneuver space of the Chinese economy, and constantly push forward reform and opening up. China has the confidence and ability to sustain a medium-high growth rate and move to medium- high level of development.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed that given the present complicated world economic situation, Europe also faces many difficulties in its development. All countries should enhance communication, expand collaboration and jointly tackle various challenges. Germany is ready to push forward cooperation with China in third-party markets in high-speed railways, infrastructure construction and other fields so as to jointly promote stability and growth.

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