Belt and Road a cru­cial topic on agenda, am­bas­sador says

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - XI'S VISIT -

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s visit to Germany, fol­low­ing Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang’s visit a month ago, shows China’s strong com­mit­ment to deep­en­ing its part­ner­ship with the coun­try and fur­ther de­vel­op­ing Sino-EU re­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to Shi Mingde, Chi­nese am­bas­sador to Germany.

The two lead­ers also had vis­ited in 2014, mak­ing for “a rarely seen diplo­matic move in Sino-Ger­man re­la­tions and even in China’s his­tory of for­eign re­la­tions,” Shi told China Daily in an exclusive in­ter­view in Ber­lin. “So this has gained grow­ing at­ten­tion from the world.”

Xi made his first state visit to Germany in early 2014, fol­lowed by an of­fi­cial visit by Li.

Shi said China’s pay­ing con­sis­tent at­ten­tion to Germany will win “spe­cial hos­pi­tal­ity and ar­range­ments” from Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, who has vis­ited China more than 10 times as chan­cel­lor.

Germany will con­tinue to work with China within the G20 to tackle is­sues such as cli­mate change, Ger­man Am­bas­sador to China Michael Clauss told China Daily ahead of the G20 Sum­mit in Ham­burg.

“We have co­op­er­ated very closely in pre­par­ing the Chi­nese and the Ger­man G20 pres­i­den­cies. We need to keep work­ing on is­sues like free trade, global steel over­ca­pac­i­ties and cli­mate change, even if reach­ing a con­sen­sus will be much more chal­leng­ing than last year,” Clauss said. “As large trad­ing na­tions, Germany and China profit from glob­al­iza­tion, there­fore advancing it by tack­ling is­sues of global gov­er­nance is a shared in­ter­est.”

Clauss said there are many over­lap­ping in­ter­ests Shi Mingde, Chi­nese am­bas­sador to Germany Ger­man am­bas­sador to China one-third of the trade be­tween China and the 28 coun­tries of the Euro­pean Union, Shi said, cit­ing Ger­man govern­ment fig­ures.

“Germany has shown great con­fi­dence in China’s mar­ket po­ten­tial and eco­nomic prospects,” Shi said. “China ad­mires Germany’s high-tech in­dus­try and man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Shi said Germany, for years, has been the most gen­er­ous coun­try in Europe re­gard­ing tech­nol­ogy trans­fers to China.

Shi said Xi will talk with Ger­man lead­ers about deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion un­der the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, one of the most im­por­tant top­ics on their agenda.

“Many cases have shown that China and Germany can work to­gether to ex­plore greater mar­ket po­ten­tial in Asia, Africa and other parts of the world through the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive,” Shi said.

Germany’s en­voy sees many com­mon in­ter­ests

mon pri­or­ity “is to pre­vent the Paris agree­ment from un­rav­el­ing’’.

With this year mark­ing the 45th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of China-Germany diplo­matic ties, the am­bas­sador sees eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions at a his­toric high and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes in­ten­si­fy­ing.

In May, Vice-Pre­mier Liu Yan­dong and Ger­man ViceChan­cel­lor Sig­mar Gabriel ini­ti­ated the bi­lat­eral Peo­pleto-Peo­ple Di­a­logue. Both coun­tries have be­gun projects that will bring young peo­ple to­gether, es­pe­cially but not only, through a com­mon pas­sion for soc­cer.

“So I think the best is yet to come,” Clauss said.

Michael Clauss,

Shi con­sid­ers Germany a “core power” in Europe, with pow­er­ful com­pre­hen­sive strength, which ex­erts great in­flu­ence on the global stage.

“China and Germany share grow­ing com­mon ground in de­vel­op­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, solv­ing re­gional and global dif­fi­cul­ties, and ex­plor­ing de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Shi said.

Such over­lap­ping in­ter­ests have helped Germany be­come China’s big­gest trad­ing part­ner in Europe for a con­sec­u­tive 42 years, ac­cord­ing to Shi.

Last year, China re­placed the United States to be­come Germany’s largest trad­ing part­ner. Trade be­tween China and Germany ac­counts for

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