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Li Keqiang Co-chairs the Third Round of China-Germany Inter-governmental Consultation with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Agreeing to Uplift China-Germany All-round Strategic Partnership to a New High and to Promote World Peace and Prosperity

In the afternoon of October 10 local time, Premier Li Keqiang co-chaired the third round of the China-Germany inter-governmental consultation with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany at the Chancellery building in Berlin. Twenty-six ministers from both Chinese and German governments were present at the consultation. The Chinese Premier and German Chancellor were briefed by the ministers of both sides on the achievements of the bilateral counterpart consultations in their respective fields and delivered speeches respectively.

Li Keqiang noted that both China and Germany are nations with great influence in the world. With the establishment of bilateral all-round strategic partnership this year, the strategic and long-term significance of bilateral relations has been continuously enhanced. The China-Germany relations, as a kind of relationship of win-win cooperation at a high level rather than simple sell-and-buy ties, boast broad prospects. The Action Outline for China-Germany Cooperation formulated and released by the two countries this time covers an extensive and in-depth content and plays a significant role in planning and guiding the bilateral medium-to-long-term cooperation. Both sides should earnestly implement it with a long-term perspective and seek common development, so as to promote China-Germany relations to a new high.China is willing to, together with Germany, start dialogues on diplomatic and security strategies, enhance communication and coordination on international affairs and jointly promote world peace and prosperity.

Li Keqiang pointed out that more new concepts and innovative ideas are needed to ensure the continuous and further development of China-Germany relations on the basis of the current high level. The two sides should develop innovative partnership, focus on innovative cooperation in industry, science and technology, agriculture, education, environmental protection, urbanization, health care, social welfare and other fields on the basis of the spirits of communication, mutual learning, equality and openness, innovate cooperation modes, mechanisms and measures, and forge more new highlights that lead the direction of future cooperation, so as to push China-Germany practical cooperation for a higher level.

Li Keqiang expressed that China stands ready to deepen cooperation with German in economy, trade and investment and intensify cooperation in technology, and expects Germany to export more high-tech products to China and to provide Chinese enterprises with facilitation for their investment in Germany. Both sides should continue pushing forward cooperation in manufacturing such as electric vehicles, aviation and aerospace to promote upgrading in industry and technology, enhance coordination on macro-economic policies, bring the role of the mechanism of the China-Germany high-level fiscal and financial dialogue into full play, and promote the offshore RMB business in Europe. It is hoped that Germany could solve the problems including over-regulation of the China-funded banks in Germany at an early date. The two nations should also take the building of the Silk Road Economic Belt as opportunities to boost cooperation in infrastructure construction, fully tap the potential of an international freight-train network linking China to Europe and expand the trade corridor on land. Both sides will also intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges, identify 2016 as the Year of China-Germany Youth Exchanges, push forward the preferential measures for visa application, and take more measures to facilitate bilateral personnel exchanges.

Li Keqiang said that China welcomes the support offered by Germany in the negotiation of China-EU Investment Agreement and hopes that Germany could back the launch of the feasibility study for a China-EU free trade area and promote EU to ease its exports of high-tech products to China. Both sides should enhance coordination and cooperation, so as to jointly safeguard the openness of world economy and advance the global trade liberalization.

Angela Merkel expressed that China is an important and reliable cooperative partner of Germany and both countries have carried out in-depth exchanges and cooperation in politics, economy, science and technology, people-to-people and cultural engagement and other fields, reaping fruitful results. Serving as an efficient platform for the bilateral cooperation, the Germany-China inter-governmental consultation vigorously boosts the development of bilateral relations and should be well organized in a continuous manner. Germany is willing to work with the Chinese side to expand cooperation fields and scale, focus on development of an innovative partnership of mutual benefit, comprehensively deepen cooperation in economy, trade, investment, industry, agriculture, science and technology, finance, infrastructure construction, people-to-people and cultural engagement and other fields and act in close coordination in international and regional affairs, so as to advance the continuous development of Germany-China relations and EU-China ties and to jointly maintain and promote world peace, stability and development.

After the consultation, the Chinese Premier and German Chancellor together witnessed the signing of multiple inter-governmental cooperation documents and business contracts. During the visit, China and Germany inked 18.1 billion US dollars' worth of deals on trade, investment and technological cooperation.

Prior to the consultation, Angela Merkel held a grand welcoming ceremony for Li Keqiang at the square in front of the Chancellery building.

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