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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas of Germany
2018-05-22

On May 21, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas of Germany on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Buenos Aires.

Wang Yi expressed that both as major countries with important influence, China and Germany shoulder significant responsibilities for world peace and prosperity. Both sides should maintain exchanges across all levels, strengthen strategic communication, increase strategic trust and intensify strategic cooperation.

Heiko Maas noted that the German government, including Chancellor Angela Merkel herself, highly cherishes and values the sound relations with China, as well as hopes to continue maintaining close contacts with China to strengthen strategic communication on major international and regional issues.

Both sides mainly exchanged views on the Iranian nuclear issue. Both sides stated that they will maintain with all-out efforts the seriousness and authority of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear issue and safeguard the international nuclear non-proliferation regime. Both sides agreed to maintain close communication in this regard.

Wang Yi introduced his views on the current Korean Peninsula nuclear issue at inquiry, and emphasized that China has always insisted on realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through peaceful means. Over the years, China has always been promoting direct contacts between the United States (US) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). China expects that the meeting between the leaders of the US and the DPRK will be held as scheduled, and that the US and the DPRK will resolve their respective concerns through dialogue and consultation and commit themselves to achieving long-term peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

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