China-Ger­many ties a model for co­op­er­a­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s on-go­ing state visit to Ger­many, which co­in­cides with the 45th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic ties be­tween China and Ger­many, is ex­pected to not only lift bi­lat­eral ties to a new level, but also help re­vive the trend of glob­al­iza­tion and trade lib­er­al­iza­tion. With the world fac­ing grow­ing un­cer­tain­ties, the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Ger­many has as­sumed global sig­nif­i­cance, as greater in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the two coun­tries will give a shot in the arm not only to China’s re­la­tion­ship with Europe as a whole, but also the global econ­omy.

Over the years, China and Ger­many have set up more than 70 di­a­logue and co­op­er­a­tion mech­a­nisms cov­er­ing a wide range of fields, and, thanks to their joint ef­forts, their prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion is now “ro­bust”, as Xi noted on his ar­rival, and it plays an ex­em­plary role in boost­ing Europe’s co­op­er­a­tion with China.

Prior to his ar­rival in Ber­lin, Xi paid a state visit to Rus­sia, where he met with Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin in Moscow. One eye­catch­ing sim­i­lar­ity in China’s in­ter­ac­tion with Rus­sia and Ger­many in re­cent years has been the fre­quency of the high-level con­tacts and ex­changes, which have helped boost trust and co­op­er­a­tion.

And thanks to this, China’s re­la­tion­ships with Ger­many and Rus­sia are in very good shape. Given that Xi is also sched­uled to at­tend the up­com­ing G20 Sum­mit in Ham­burg on Fri­day and Satur­day, his meet­ings with the lead­ers of Rus­sia and Ger­many have pro­vided a good op­por­tu­nity for China to bet­ter co­or­di­nate its stance with the two im­por­tant G20 mem­bers, pav­ing the way for the sum­mit to achieve peo­ple’s hopes for pos­i­tive out­comes and the in­jec­tion of fresh im­pe­tus into global growth.

As Xi right­fully pointed out at the 2017 World Eco­nomic Fo­rum at Davos ear­lier this year, eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion is a dou­bleedged sword. But de­spite glob­al­iza­tion en­coun­ter­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, coun­tries around the world should work to­gether to counter pro­tec­tion­ism and seize ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote growth through in­no­va­tion and struc­tural re­forms.

The G20, as the premier fo­rum for in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, can forge a shared will to achieve these aims by fol­low­ing through on the con­sen­sus achieved last Septem­ber at the G20 Hangzhou Sum­mit, when par­tic­i­pants agreed to make sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to pro­mot­ing strong, sus­tain­able, bal­anced and in­clu­sive global growth.

In this re­spect, China and Ger­many, as the pre­vi­ous and cur­rent G20 chair, shoul­der the im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­ity of en­sur­ing the Ham­burg sum­mit de­liv­ers on the vi­sion and spirit of part­ner­ship it dis­played then.

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