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