Xi hails matured China-Germany relationship
OUR CORRESPONDENT BEIJING—Chinese President Xi Jinping met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel here on Teusday hailing the China-Germany relations as “very matured.”
“Sino-German relations have entered a very matured stage of development and pragmatic cooperation has reached a very high level after more than 40 years of joint efforts since the establishment of diplomatic relations,” Xi said.
Merkel arrived in Beijing on Sunday for the fourth round of China-Germany intergovernmental consultation. Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang co-chaired the consultation earlier on Monday.
Congratulating Merkel on the fruitful consultation, Xi suggested China and Germany enhance mutual trust, take care of each other’s core interests and concerns, expand the range of cooperation, strengthen strategic communication in diplomatic and security fields, and innovate the mode of cooperation in international affairs.
He also proposed the two governments encourage companies from both countries to carry out projects with the platform built by the governments for conjoining China’s “Made In China 2025” blueprint and Germany’s “Industrial 4.0” strategy, as well as boost tripartite cooperation with companies from a third country.
Xi expressed the hope that Germany and the European Union would view competition and cooperation objectively, appropriately address trade disputes with China and honor their obligation stated in Article 15 of the accession protocol signed when China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, to ensure healthy development of the economic GEORGETOWN, WASH—Deputy