Wang Yi holds virtual meeting with new German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock_Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America

On January 20, 2022, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a virtual meeting with the new German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

Wang Yi once again congratulated Baerbock on his appointment as German foreign minister. Wang Yi said this year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Germany, and it is an important year worthy of joint commemoration by both sides. Over the past 50 years, with mutual respect and complementary advantages, China and Germany have promoted each other’s economic development and established a comprehensive strategic partnership. At the beginning of the new year, President Xi Jinping had a telephone conversation with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and they agreed to chart the general course of bilateral relations from a strategic point of view and constantly enrich the connotations of the partnership. overall strategy. During the recent phone conversation, Premier Li Keqiang and Chancellor Scholz agreed to deepen and expand pragmatic cooperation. We should implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, sum up the experience of developing bilateral relations, and remain determined to act as models of win-win cooperation, leaders in China-EU relations, promoters of a new type of international relations of relations and cooperation partners transcending differences in the social system. We should constantly consolidate the key note of dialogue and cooperation in China-Germany relations, expand the win-win cooperation that underpins China-Germany relations, strengthen the political conception of high-level exchanges between the two countries in the next step and jointly lead the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations, thus more actively welcoming the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Germany.

Wang Yi said China-Germany relations are resilient and stable, with cooperation being the best representation. Over the past 50 years, the volume of bilateral trade between China and Germany has increased more than 800 times. Last year, the volume of bilateral trade overcame the impact of the pandemic and reached a record high. , fully verifying the complementarity of the two economies and the resilience of economic and trade relations between the two countries. The two sides should provide better expectations and policy frameworks for cooperation, and jointly build new strong points for cooperation in areas such as digital economy, communication, trade in services, agricultural science and technology. and green development. German companies are encouraged to increase their investment in China, and we hope that Germany will uphold the principle of fairness and justice, eliminate outside interference, and provide a healthy business environment for Chinese companies to invest and do business in Germany. .

Baerbock said that she was very happy to hold the first meeting with the Chinese foreign minister as the first foreign minister of the new federal government and wished in advance a happy new year of the Tiger, which symbolizes intelligence and speed. . Germany remains committed to developing a stable partnership with China, will continue to uphold the one-China principle, and will seize the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties as an opportunity to deepen exchanges and cooperation between the two. countries in various fields. Germany is willing to treat foreign companies in Germany equally, including Chinese companies.

The two sides agreed on the following: hold appropriate celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, make good preparations for the seventh round of China-Germany intergovernmental consultations, seek greater synergy and plan cooperation future; give full play to the role of dialogue mechanisms at all levels, such as the high-level financial dialogue, the strategic diplomatic and security dialogue and the dialogue on the rule of law; conduct equal dialogues on human rights, democracy and other issues based on mutual respect, enhance mutual understanding and refrain from “microphone diplomacy”; further strengthen education, people-to-people and subnational exchanges, and carry out exchanges between more than 100 pairs of friendly provinces and states of the two countries through various means; strengthen cooperation on green development and deepen exchanges on the fight against climate change and green governance.

The two sides also exchanged views on enhancing cooperation in multilateral affairs. Wang Yi said China and Germany are countries with global influence and important driving forces for China-EU relations. To develop China-Germany relations, we should not only consider bilateral cooperation, but also focus on promoting China-EU cooperation and regional and global development. Baerbock said that in the face of various global challenges, Germany-China cooperation is of great importance. Germany attaches great importance to China’s important role on the international stage and stands ready to strengthen communication and coordination with China to jointly combat climate change and the pandemic.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Iranian nuclear issue, among others.