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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas of Germany

On May 31, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas of Germany in Berlin.

Wang Yi expressed that China has always seen the development of its relations with Germany as the priority of its relations with Europe. China-Germany relations have entered a new phase of rapid development since President Xi Jinping's state visit to Germany in 2014 which elevated bilateral relations to an all-round strategic partnership. A few days ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel visited China successfully. Leaders of the two countries agreed that both China and Germany should be demonstrators of win-win cooperation, pioneers leading China-Europe relations, promoters of a new type of international relations and cooperators transcending ideological differences.

Wang Yi said that China is willing to, together with Germany, implement the consensus of leaders of the two countries, make good preparations for the high-level exchanges in the next stage, and constantly strengthen the cooperation in economic and trade investment featuring two-way opening up. China welcomes Germany's participation in the first China International Import Expo to be held this November and is willing to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with Germany in the joint construction of the "Belt and Road". The two sides should further strengthen coordination and cooperation in multilateral affairs and jointly send out positive signals of supporting multilateralism and safeguarding free trade system. China sincerely hopes that China-Germany relations will achieve development with a higher standard, at a deeper level and with better quality under the new situation and in the new era.

Heiko Maas expressed that Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to China last week was a complete success and the two sides reached a series of important consensus on deepening the all-round strategic partnership between the two countries in the next stage. Germany is willing to, together with China, intensify high-level exchanges, strengthen strategic communication, enhance strategic mutual trust, and constantly promote bilateral relations for new progress under the leadership of the leaders of the two countries. Germany and China are both major trading countries and important trading partners to each other. Both sides should jointly safeguard free trade system, oppose trade protectionism and safeguard common interests. Germany welcomes China's positive measures of further opening its market and reducing tariffs, which will contribute to promoting the increasingly close economic and trade cooperation between the two countries. Germany is willing to continue to strengthen communication and coordination with China on major international issues and jointly safeguard multilateralism and the international order.

The two foreign ministers also exchanged in-depth views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear issue, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and hotspot issues of common concern.

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