Pres­i­dent, in signed ar­ti­cle, says the part­ner­ship ben­e­fits the whole world

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - XI'S VISIT - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Germany is a guid­ing fac­tor in the China-Europe re­la­tion­ship and a great ex­am­ple of co­op­er­a­tion by the most im­por­tant economies in the world, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said in a signed ar­ti­cle pub­lished on Tues­day.

Xi wrapped up his Rus­sia trip and ar­rived in Ber­lin on Tues­day to kick off a state visit, with China hav­ing be­come Germany’s largest trad­ing part­ner last year.

Ger­man cities such as Duis­burg and Ham­burg have be­come im­por­tant hubs for freight train traf­fic be­tween China and Europe, Xi wrote in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished by Ger­man news­pa­per Die Welt.

Xi said both China and Germany should shape in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ments that are open to each other and of­fer fair com­pe­ti­tion.

The sec­ond- and fourth­largest economies in the world should deepen their co­op­er­a­tion in ar­eas in­clud­ing in­no­va­tion, in­ter­net, fi­nance, en­ergy, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and green de­vel­op­ment, he added.

The two coun­tries should re­in­force co­op­er­a­tion within the frame­work of build­ing the Belt and Road and jointly contribute to se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity and the pros­per­ity of coun­tries along the routes, Xi said.

When re­view­ing the re­la­tion­ship, Xi noted that the two coun­tries have set up more than 70 mech­a­nisms for di­a­logue and co­op­er­a­tion. This year marks the 45 th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of their diplo­matic re­la­tions.

Their co­op­er­a­tion is ex­pand­ing in ar­eas such as aerospace, ocean, arc­tic ar­eas and cy­berspace, he noted.

As part of a boom­ing cul­ture ex­change, more than 2

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