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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of Germany

On February 16, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was in Germany for the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting, held talks with Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of Germany in Bonn.

Wang Yi congratulated Sigmar Gabriel on his assumption as Foreign Minister, and expressed that China and Germany have witnessed close high-level exchanges, maintained frequent coordination in major international and regional affairs and reached a new level in both political mutual trust and practical cooperation. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, and also is an important year to inherit the past and usher in the future. It is hoped that both sides could take this as an opportunity to earnestly review the successful experience in the development of bilateral relations over the past 45 years, further map out blueprints for the future and jointly safeguard world peace, stability and prosperity as all-round strategic partners. China is willing to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges and enhance strategic communication with Germany in a bid to push all dialogue mechanisms for outcomes. China hopes Germany could continue to play a positive role in advancing the EU to fulfill its commitments in Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization at an early date.

Wang Yi noted that this year, Germany serves as the G20 presidency. As important members of the G20, China and Germany should reinforce macro-policy coordination among the group on the basis of the outcomes at the G20 Hangzhou Summit in 2016, jointly advance the rebalance of globalization, and promote global trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, so as to make greater contribution to world economic growth. China stands ready to fully support and cooperate with the German side to jointly push the Hamburg Summit for a success.

Sigmar Gabriel said that Germany-China relations have enjoyed sound development, and leaders of both countries have maintained close contact. This year is an important year for Germany-China relations. Germany is willing to work with China to maintain high-level exchanges, beef up communication and deepen cooperation. China is a vital impetus to the development of the world economy. The German side highly appreciates President Xi Jinping’s important speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. It is the common task for Germany and China to safeguard an open global trade. Germany is ready to deepen cooperation in economy, trade and investment under the spirit of openness and win-win results, resolve problems existed in cooperation in a constructive way, continuously push forward the negotiation process of the EU-China investment protection agreement, support the expansion of investment in China and welcome China to invest in Germany. Germany believes that cooperation projects such as the China-Europe freight train are specific examples of the closeness of Germany-China relations and EU-China relations, and is willing to, together with China, actively promote the "Belt and Road" initiative.

Both sides also exchanged views on the situation of the Korean Peninsula, the Afghan issue and other topics.

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