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Wang Yi and Foreign Minister of Germany Hold China-Germany Diplomatic and Security Strategic Dialogue
2018-11-13

On November 13, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas of Germany held the fourth round of China-Germany Diplomatic and Security Strategic Dialogue in Beijing. Speaking highly of the positive progress in China-Germany relations and bilateral cooperation in various fields in recent years, the two sides agreed that against the complicated and ever-changing international situation, China and Germany should deepen all-round strategic cooperation, jointly uphold multilateralism and safeguard global free trade system.

Wang Yi expressed that China and Germany are both important countries with global influence. In recent years, the two countries have continuously deepened their cooperation and increasingly intensified multilateral coordination, thus providing stability and positive energy for world peace and development. The Chinese side is willing to work with the German side to actively implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of both countries, strengthen the political design and guidance of bilateral relations and maintain high-level exchanges as well as dialogues and communication at all levels, so as to constantly promote bilateral political mutual trust. We should seize the chances provided by the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the fourth industrial revolution to deepen bilateral economic and trade exchanges, expand cooperation in artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, digitalization and other areas, and promote China-Germany practical cooperation for higher quality and higher level. We should intensify macroeconomic policy coordination, maintain the rules-based multilateral trading system and jointly build an open world economy. We should enhance communication and coordination in international affairs, jointly uphold multilateralism and join hands to push forward global governance. China supports the integration process independently chosen by Europe and always views the European Union (EU) from a strategic height and overall perspective. China is willing to work with the EU side to constantly elevate China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level.

Heiko Maas expressed that the German side highly appreciates the positive role China has played in international affairs, attaches great importance to Germany-China relations and regards China as its strategic cooperative partner with priority. The German side is willing to maintain close contacts and strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges with the Chinese side, so as to constantly enhance the mutual trust between the two sides and mutual understanding between the two peoples. Germany commits to promoting Asia-Europe connectivity and holds a positive and open mind to the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as hopes to seize the opportunity of China's new round of opening up to strengthen economic and trade cooperation with the Chinese side, so as to further unleash the cooperation potential of the two countries. The German side appreciates the Chinese side's support for the European integration process and is willing to work with the Chinese side to speed up the negotiations on China-EU investment agreement. Germany and China impose no threats to each other and share far more common interests than divergences. Germany is willing to enhance coordination and cooperation in international affairs with the Chinese side to jointly cope with various challenges facing the current world.

After the dialogue, the two sides also met the press together.

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