Xi says good re­la­tions be­tween the CPC and SPD help strengthen ties

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - XI'S VISIT - By AN BAIJIE in Ber­lin an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said his state visit to Ger­many, which be­gan on Tues­day, has achieved great suc­cess, with numer­ous new con­sen­suses and prac­ti­cal out­comes reached be­tween the two coun­tries.

Xi spoke on Thurs­day in Ber­lin while meet­ing with Martin Schulz, chair­man of the So­cial Demo­cratic Party of Ger­many, be­fore trav­el­ing to Ham­burg for the G20 Sum­mit on Friday and Satur­day.

The pres­i­dent said that his visit has out­lined a new path for ad­vanc­ing the China-Ger­many com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship.

China has de­vel­oped its rela- tions with Ger­many from a strate­gic level and with a longterm per­spec­tive from the be­gin­ning, Xi said, adding that China would like to make joint ef­forts with Ger­many to push their ties to a higher level.

Both coun­tries are im­por­tant economies and in­flu­en­tial world pow­ers, Xi said. In the 45 years since the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions, their re­la­tion­ship has de­vel­oped rapidly in all as­pects, he added.

The pres­i­dent spoke highly of the con­tri­bu­tions made by the So­cial Demo­cratic Party, known by its Ger­man acro­nym as SPD, to the devel­op­ment of Chi­nese-Ger­man re­la­tions. Ex­changes be­tween po­lit­i­cal par­ties have played a spe­cial and im­por­tant role in

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