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Xi Jinping Meets with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

On June 28, 2019 local time, President Xi Jinping met with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in Osaka.

Xi Jinping pointed out that it is the basic consensus of the two governments and all sectors of society to maintain the overall direction of China-Germany cooperation. Against the background of the increasingly complex and volatile international situation, it is indeed necessary for China and Germany, as all-round strategic partners, to maintain communication and coordination.

China and Germany can continue to be cooperation partners of equal dialogue and mutual trust. German enterprises are encouraged to regard China as a reliable trading partner and increase investment in China. In addition, China's commitment to further opening up is by no means an empty promise, and it is hoped that German companies can continue to explore the potential of the Chinese market.

China and Germany should work together to carry forward and foster a spirit of innovation and turn competition into a driving force of cooperation to achieve common development and progress. China has noticed that it is widely believed in Germany that China's development and innovation vitality will bring more opportunities to Germany, and China welcomes innovation cooperation between the businesses and research institutions in China and Germany in such fields as autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and 5G communication technology.

China and Germany need to work together to promote connectivity between Asia and Europe and build a new high ground for free trade. China stands ready to work with the German side to jointly undertake the Belt and Road Initiative through extensive consultation, joint contribution with benefits shared together, and strive to conclude negotiations on the China-European Union (EU) investment treaty next year so as to start the China-EU free trade cooperation process at an early date.

China and Germany should also strengthen cooperation and make efforts to uphold multilateralism, promote international economic cooperation and improve global economic governance.

Angela Merkel said that Germany hopes to enhance communication, coordination and cooperation with China under the current circumstances. I look forward to paying another visit to China in the near future. The German side is willing to explore cooperation with the Chinese side within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, actively promote the development of EU-China relations, and strive to sign the EU-China investment agreement at an early date. Both Germany and China are committed to safeguarding multilateralism and hope to strengthen cooperation in areas such as tackling climate change and the World Trade Organization reform. In addition, Angela Merkel said that Germany is deeply concerned with the negative impact exerted on the EU by unilateralism and willful use of coercive measures in trade relations.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Iranian nuclear issue. They agreed that relevant parties should abide by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear issue, resolve the issue peacefully through dialogue and avoid further escalation of tensions.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others participated in the meeting.

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