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Second Round of China-Germany Strategic Dialogue on Diplomacy and Security Held in Beijing

On April 8, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany held in Beijing the second round of the China-Germany Strategic Dialogue on Diplomacy and Security.

Wang Yi said that China-Germany relations maintain a high-level development and are in the most dynamic and most fruitful period. Last year, both sides launched the strategic dialogue on diplomacy and security, which not only indicates the further deepening of China-Germany cooperation, but also reflects the new connotation of China-Germany all-round strategic partnership. Both sides should maintain high-level exchanges, well host the fourth round of China-Germany inter-governmental consultation and enhance the top-level design and coordinated development of China-Germany relations. China welcomes Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou in the second half of this year. Both sides should implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries to deliver tangible results, propel the docking of "Made in China 2025" with Germany's "Industry 4.0", and discuss the trilateral cooperation in the field of high-speed railway. China welcomes Germany to play an active role in the development of China's central and western regions. Besides, both sides should further enhance mutual strategic trust, seek common ground while reserving differences and handle divergences appropriately. China supports Germany as a core country in Europe with major influence to make positive contributions to the world peace, and is willing to continue to intensify coordination and cooperation with Germany in international and regional affairs.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed that President Joachim Gauck of Germany feels satisfied with his successful visit to China not long ago. This visit to China impressed him a lot and enhanced his understanding about China. China plays a responsible and major role in such issues as reaching the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue and facilitating the political resolution of the Syrian issue. Germany is willing to maintain frequent high-level exchanges with China, fully communicate, well prepare the next round of inter-governmental consultation, further deepen economic and trade cooperation, strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and enhance communication and cooperation in international and regional affairs.

Both sides agreed that as the presidency of G20 in the course of this year and next year, both sides should intensify mutual support and coordination, promote the G20 to make contributions to exploring the new momentum for world economic growth, and jointly build a world economy featuring innovation, vitality, linkage and inclusiveness.

Both sides agreed to discuss the implementation of trilateral cooperation in such fields as talent training, disaster prevention as well as disaster relief and reduction for the mining industry of Afghanistan, demonstrating support for peaceful reconstruction and development of Afghanistan.

Both sides exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern. Wang Yi expounded China's principled stance on the South China Sea issue.

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