Wang Yi Holds Virtual Meeting With New German Foreign Minister

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday urged China and Germany to consolidate the key speech of cooperation and dialogue in China-Germany relations and promote the overall performance of mutually beneficial relations. .

Wang made the remarks during a virtual meeting with new German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

Wang again congratulated Baerbock on his appointment as Germany’s foreign minister.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Germany, said the Chinese foreign minister, adding that it is an important year worth commemorating by the two parts.

Over the past 50 years, China and Germany have respected each other, complemented each other’s strengths, promoted each other’s economic development and established a comprehensive strategic partnership, he noted.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) speaks with new German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock via video link, January 20, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) speaks with new German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock via video link, January 20, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

Referring to recent phone calls between the leaders of the two countries, Wang told his German counterpart that the two sides should implement the leaders’ important consensus and sum up the experience of developing relations between the two countries.

Wang called on the two countries to insist on acting as models of win-win cooperation, leaders in China-Europe relations, promoters of new international relations and collaborators who transcend differences in social systems.

He also said the two sides should strengthen the political conception of high-level exchanges in the next phase, jointly lead the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations, and welcome the 50th anniversary more positively.

Noting that China-Germany relations are resilient and stable, Wang stressed the role of cooperation. “Over the past 50 years, the bilateral trade volume between China and Germany has increased more than 800 times,” he added.

Last year, the volume of bilateral trade continued to grow despite the COVID-19 pandemic to hit a new high, which fully confirmed the complementarity of the two economies and the strong resilience of bilateral economic and trade relations, he said. Mr Wang.

Wang Yi speaks with Annalena Baerbock via video link, January 20, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

Wang Yi speaks with Annalena Baerbock via video link, January 20, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

The Chinese foreign minister also said the two sides should provide better expectations and policy frameworks for cooperation, adding that the two sides should work together to create new areas of cooperation in areas such as digital, communications, trade in services, agricultural science and technology, and green development.

“We invite German enterprises to increase investment in China and hope that the German side will adhere to the principle of fairness and impartiality, exclude outside interference, and provide a good business environment for Chinese enterprises to invest and operate in Germany,” Mr. Wang added. .

Baerbock, for his part, expressed his pleasure to hold the first meeting with the Chinese foreign minister as the first foreign minister of the new German federal government and made a wish for a happy year of the tiger in advance. .

Germany is committed to developing a stable partnership with China, she said, adding that the country will pursue the one-China principle and take the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity. to deepen contacts and cooperation between the two countries. in various fields.

Wang Yi speaks with Annalena Baerbock via video link, Jan. 20, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

Wang Yi speaks with Annalena Baerbock via video link, Jan. 20, 2022. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

Baerbock also said his country is ready to treat companies from all countries equally, including Chinese companies.

The two foreign ministers also exchanged views on strengthening cooperation in multilateral affairs.

Wang said China and Germany are countries of global influence and important driving forces in China-Europe relations.

The development of China-Germany relations should not only consider bilateral cooperation, but also focus on promoting China-EU cooperation and regional and global development, he added.

Facing various global challenges, German-Chinese cooperation is of great importance, Baerbock said.

She noted that Germany attaches great importance to China’s vital role in the international arena and is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China to jointly address climate change and fight the COVID-19 epidemic. 19.

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