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Premier Li reiterates opposition to EU trade measures against Chinese products (2)

Xinhua)  13:22, May 27, 2013  

The premier said the two sides agreed to keep strategic communication by maintaining the current mechanism of annual leaders' meetings and enhance consultations and communication at all levels.

Meanwhile, the two leaders also vowed to advance bilateral cooperation in such fields as economy and trade, agriculture, urbanization and people-to-people exchanges, Li added.

Strengthened ties between Beijing and Berlin would also help bolster China-Europe relations, he said.

China, the premier said, always views its relations with Europe from a strategic, long-term and overall perspective, supports European integration, and backs Europe's efforts to address its debt problems.

A untied, stable and prosperous Europe serves China's interests and also helps promote the construction of a multi-polar world, he added.

Li said it is quite common that China and Germany, two countries with different histories, cultures, national conditions, differ on some issues.

However, their converging interests have far overwhelmed their differences, and therefore they could expand consensus through candid communication and make friendship and cooperation the mainstream of bilateral ties, he said.

For her part, Merkel said the inclusion of Germany in Li's first overseas trip as Chinese premier fully evinces that Beijing highly values its ties with Berlin, which are keeping a good development momentum with deepened pragmatic cooperation in various areas and increasingly closer people-to-people and local-level exchanges.

She said her country is ready to join efforts with the Chinese side to exert the leading role of the inter-governmental consultations and other bilateral mechanisms to guide the two-way cooperation, in a bid for the Germany-China relationship to achieve fresh progress in the new era.

Merkel said Germany maintains that the EU-China disputes over solar panels and other issues should be solved via dialogue and negotiation, and that the EU's permanent import duties imposed on related products would be unhelpful and should be avoided with relevant measures.

She also called for related parties to conduct in-depth exchange of views with the principle of seeking common ground while reserving differences so as to dissolve misunderstandings and quickly solve the disputes.

At the press conference, Li also had a Q&A session with reporters on China-Germany ties, China-Europe relations as well as global and regional hotspot issues.

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(Editor:HuangBeibei、Zhang Qian)


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