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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany

On June 12, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany. Both sides exchanged views on bilateral relations and topics of common interest centering on the forthcoming 4th round of the China-Germany inter-governmental consultation.

Wang Yi expressed that at present, China-Germany all-round strategic partnership enjoys sound development with continuous progress achieved from cooperation in various fields between both countries. On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Germany next year, both sides should strengthen long-term plan, promote strategic cooperation, and take the implementation of consensus reached at the inter-governmental consultation as an opportunity to continue the sound development momentum of China-Germany relations. To this end, both Foreign Ministries should give play to dialogue platforms in several fields. The two countries should conduct close cooperation, jointly promote the G20 Hangzhou Summit to achieve success and make contributions to facilitating world economy growth and international financial stability. Both sides should properly deal with differences.

Wang Yi noted that China appreciates the repeated statements of Germany over its willingness to play a more constructive role in promoting China-EU relations. Both China and the EU need to work together to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation. China expects the EU to fulfill its obligation as stipulated in Section 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in due course.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Germany is very pleased to witness the rapid and stable development of Germany-China all-round strategic partnership under current world situation. Germany stands ready to, together with China, continue to maintain close high-level exchanges and promote bilateral cooperation in economy and trade, international affairs and other areas to achieve more fruitful results. Germany adheres to the One-China policy.

Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on relevant regional hotspot issues.

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