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Li Keqiang and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany Co-chair the 4th Round of China-Germany Inter-governmental Consultation

On the morning of June 13, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany co-chaired the 4th round of China-Germany inter-governmental consultation at the Great Hall of the People.

Both Premier Li Keqiang and Chancellor Angela Merkel listened closely to reports from heads of 26 departments of both countries in charge of foreign affairs, economy, industry, finance, education, science and technology, transportation, environmental protection, housing, agriculture, commerce, judicature, social security, health care and other areas. The two sides expressed their satisfaction with the progress made in China-Germany cooperation, and reached a series of new consensus on deepening cooperation in various fields.

Li Keqiang said that since its launch, China-Germany inter-governmental consultation has played an important role in coordinating and promoting bilateral cooperation in various fields, bringing tangible benefits to the two countries and their peoples. The Action Outline for China-Germany Cooperation jointly drafted by us during the last round of consultation in Berlin is constantly delivering results. It is hoped that both sides can seize opportunities, propose new ideas and initiatives for practical cooperation in various fields, and focus on the priorities and difficulties in the next phase, so as to continuously improve and upgrade the friendship and cooperation between China and Germany.

Li Keqiang pointed out that under current background of complex international situation and sluggish world economic recovery, China and Germany should strengthen high-level exchanges, continue deepening strategic mutual trust, jointly safeguard the peaceful and tranquil international environment, strengthen policy coordination under the G20 and other frameworks, and oppose trade protectionism. The two sides should well implement the alignment of development strategies and industrial cooperation in areas including intelligent manufacturing as well as sustainable development, further enhance fiscal and financial cooperation, earnestly carry out the third-party market cooperation, accelerate the signing of China-EU investment agreement, and facilitate bilateral trade and investment as well as personnel exchanges.

Li Keqiang stressed that China's economy is at a crucial stage of transformation and upgrade. China sticks to deepening structural reform, especially the supply-side structural reform, makes efforts to develop new economy and foster new driving forces, and simultaneously transforms and upgrades traditional driving forces, which has created new and broad space for China-Germany cooperation. China is willing to promote cooperation between universities, research institutions and enterprises of both countries to secure more fruits in innovation and application during the process of implementing the innovation-driven development strategy and facilitating mass entrepreneurship and innovation. The two sides should strengthen exchanges and mutual learning in various agendas concerning economic and social development, including new urbanization construction, transport and logistics, social security, medical care and rule of law, which will deepen mutual understanding between the two countries as well as their people, create new cooperation opportunities and elevate bilateral cooperation to a new stage.

Angela Merkel said that the Action Outline for Germany-China Cooperation has brought bilateral all-round strategic partnership to a new cooperation level. Over the past two years, both countries have promoted the effective implementation of the Action Outline through a series of bilateral dialogue mechanisms. Germany is willing to, in the spirit of innovation, hold in-depth dialogues with China, carry out cooperation in wide areas including intelligent manufacturing, new energy vehicles, and the third-party markets, and actively strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and non-governmental communication, so as to push forward China-Germany cooperation in a comprehensive way.

After the consultation, Premier Li Keqiang and Chancellor Angela Merkel jointly witnessed the signing of over 20 cooperation documents between China and Germany covering more than 10 areas including trade and economy, energy, the third-party market cooperation, innovation, intelligent manufacturing, education, science and technology, agriculture and health. The two sides will also issue a joint statement on the 4th round of China-Germany inter-governmental consultation.

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