Ham­burg in­vited to help con­struct Belt and Road

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

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping wel­comed G20 Sum­mit host city Ham­burg to par­tic­i­pate in the build­ing of the Belt and Road, given that the city is well sit­u­ated to help con­nect China and Europe.

Xi made the re­marks on Thurs­day while meet­ing with Olaf Scholz, mayor of Ham­burg, shortly after his ar­rival from Ber­lin for the sum­mit of many of the world’s lead­ing economies on Fri­day and Satur­day.

The city is an im­por­tant port in Ger­many, which is among the first Euro­pean coun­tries to co­op­er­ate with China, Xi said.

The pres­i­dent noted that Ham­burg is one of the Euro­pean cities with the high­est con­cen­tra­tions of re­gional of­fices opened by Chi­nese com­pa­nies. It also is a key sea­port for the 21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road, link­ing China with Europe and other ar­eas, as well as an im­por­tant ter­mi­nus for Chi­naEurope cargo rail ex­press ser­vices, he said.

Xi said that China ap­pre­ci­ates the wel­com­ing at­ti­tude that the mayor of Ham­burg has ex­pressed re­peat­edly to­ward Chi­nese com­pa­nies.

China backs Ger­many’s host­ing of this year’s G20 Sum­mit, which is ex­pected to achieve pos­i­tive out­comes by build­ing on the ac­com­plish­ments of last year’s sum­mit in Hangzhou, he added.

Scholz ex­pressed sup­port for the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, say­ing that Ger­many would like to par­tic­i­pate.

Many Chi­nese com­pa­nies are in­vest­ing in Ham­burg, the mayor said, and the city would like to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with China in all ar­eas.

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