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Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany Meets with Wang Yi

On April 25, 2017 local time, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany met in Berlin with Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was paying an official visit to Germany and attending the third round of China-Germany Strategic Dialogue on Diplomacy and Security.

Angela Markel first asked Wang Yi to convey her warm greetings to President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. Wang Yi also conveyed best wishes from President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Speaking highly of the positive progress achieved from bilateral relations, Angela Merkel said that she stands ready to inject new connotation into the development of bilateral all-round strategic partnership through a series of important exchanges this year. She supports the "Belt and Road" initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping. Due to domestic agenda, she will delegate Minister of Economics and Energy to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), and she wishes the forum a complete success. Germany is actively making preparation for the G20 Hamburg Summit, and it is believed that it will certainly achieve positive outcomes under China's support.

Wang Yi said that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Germany. It is hoped that both sides should take this as an opportunity to elevate bilateral all-round strategic partnership to new highs. China welcomes Germany to send senior representatives for the BRF in China. Both countries will conduct a series of important high-level exchanges for the next step, hoping both sides to send out the clear signals of insisting on multilateralism, safeguarding the UN Charter and resolving international disputes through peaceful manners. Both sides should form new consensus on maintaining free trade system, building open economies and promoting a healthy development of globalization. As the former G20 presidency, China is willing to continuously support Germany to well host the G20 Hamburg Summit, drive international cooperation through China-Germany strategic cooperation, and hedge against the current world uncertainties via the stability of bilateral relations.

Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on the EU's fulfillment on obligations in the Article 15 of the Protocol on China's Accession to the World Trade Organization and topics of common interests.

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