Analysis 11-12-2018

China and Germany agree to strengthen more bilateral ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and visiting German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier agreed on Monday to further strengthen the multidimensional strategic partnership between the two countries, so that bilateral cooperation can reap more benefits than benefit both nations and their peoples, as well as world peace and prosperity.

After noting that the world is undergoing complicated and profound changes, Xi said that China and Germany have similar or similar views on many issues.

The two nations should continue to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation to benefit both peoples and to make the world more stable, Xi said.

The president made several proposals for future cooperation between China and Germany.

Mutual understanding and trust are the basis for deepening bilateral ties, Xi said.

The predominant point of view of both governments and all sectors in the two countries is to have a win-win cooperation, he said.

Xi called on the two nations to summarize the successful experiences of bilateral cooperation and continue to overcome ideological differences and respecting the respective paths of development.

China is ready to maintain high-level exchanges and to make the best use of the different dialogue mechanisms in order to improve policy communication, he said.

The two nations need to stick to openness and innovative cooperation to maintain the vitality of bilateral relations, Xi said.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening policy.

German companies have seized the opportunities of China's new round of reform and opening up, Xi said.

China is willing to continue sharing its development dividend and at the same time expects Germany to remain open to Chinese investment, the president said.

On the extension of cooperation, Xi said that the construction of the Strip and the Route could provide an important platform.

China wants to discuss trilateral cooperation with Europe and Germany and promote the synergy of the Strip and Road Initiative with the connectivity plan proposed by the EU, said Xi, adding that China will cooperate even more in the China Railway Express (service of rail freight transport) with Germany and with the countries along the route.

He also encouraged the two parties to promote exchanges between peoples and provide more platforms for exchanges in areas such as culture, education, youth and sport.

Xi called on the two nations to move forward with global governance, jointly build an open global economy, defend the multilateral free trade system, implement the Paris Agreement on climate change, promote sound, sustainable, balanced growth and inclusive of the world economy and jointly safeguard multilateralism with the United Nations as the nucleus.

He suggested to China and Europe to coordinate and support each other to safeguard the international order and promote global governance, adding that he hopes that Germany can continue to play an active role towards this end.

Steinmeier, who makes his first trip to China as president, said his visit to different parts of China has made him admire more the achievements of this country in the last four decades of reform and opening, especially the success of taking several hundreds of millions of people from poverty.

The economic and social development of the areas of southwestern China's Sichuan Province, shaken 10 years ago by an earthquake of magnitude 8.0, is very impressive, Steinmeier said.

He noted that Germany is satisfied with the development of its relations with China and is willing to strengthen dialogue and mutual understanding, to broaden consensus, reduce differences, intensify coordination in international affairs and defend free trade.

Germany is opposed to any form of protectionism, and will continue to promote cooperation between Europe and China and boost connectivity between Eurasia and China, Steinmeier added.

Before the talks, Xi offered a welcome ceremony for the president of Germany.

Steinmeier is making a state visit to China from December 5 to 10. Before Beijing, the German president visited the city of Guangzhou (south) and that of Chengdu (southwest).


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