Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Friday, November 29, 2002

German Chancellor Schroeder Meets Chinese FM

Chinese FM Tang Jiaxuan said that China appreciates highly the German government's efforts to stick consistently to the One-China policy in a meeting with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder Thursday. Tang said the fact that the German government has always upheld the One- China policy and refused to sell weapons to Taiwan is highly appreciated by the Chinese side.


Schroeder Meets Tang Jiaxuan
Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan said Thursday that China appreciates highly the German government's efforts to stick consistently to the One-China policy.

At his meeting with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Tang said the fact that the German government has always upheld the One- China policy and refused to sell weapons to Taiwan is highly appreciated by the Chinese side.

The Sino-German relationship is currently in the best shape of all time, while the successful visit to Germany by Chinese President Jiang Zemin in April gave an important push to friendly bilateral cooperation, he said.

Although economic growth worldwide has slowed in recent times, trade between the two countries has increased year-by-year, said Tang, who arrived in Berlin Wednesday evening for a two-day visit to Germany.

It was noteworthy that the project of the magnetic hovering train in Shanghai was an interest shared by the government heads of both China and Germany. Now in its final phase, its success would lay a solid foundation for cooperation in a high-tech field between the two countries, Tang said.

The Chinese foreign minister said China has paid high attention to the increasingly important role and influence of Germany in world affairs, and is willing to expand cooperation with it in all fields of endeavor.

As Germany becomes a non-standing member of the United Nations Security Council next year, China is looking forward to strengthened consultations and cooperation with Germany in the world body and other multi-national institutions, Tang said.

He also briefed the German chancellor on the 16th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and stressed that China will carry on the policy of reform and opening up, and the independent foreign policy of peace.

For his part, Schroeder said Germany followed the CPC National Congress with great interest and he congratulated Tang on the success of the conference.

Germany and China have developed a very close relationship with bilateral cooperation full of vitality, economic and trade ties strengthened, and dialogue in legal fields proceeding smoothly, said Schroeder. He added that Germany will continue to uphold the One-China policy.

He said the two countries have many common interests in world affairs as both call for strengthening the UN role and solving international problems within the UN framework. Germany wished to continue and expand cooperation with China in international institutions including the UN.

China's entrance into the World Trade Organization (WTO) had opened new opportunities for promoting economic and trade ties and Germany was full of confidence in broadening such cooperation with China in the future, Schroeder said.

China willing to see bigger German role
Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan said on Thursday that the Chinese government always values relations with Germany and is willing to see Berlin play an increasingly important role in world affairs.

At his meeting in Berlin with German President Johannes Rau, Tang pointed out that over the past 30 years, since the establishment of diplomatic relations, cooperation between the two countries has reached unprecedented width and depth in political, economic and other fields.

He expressed confidence that Sino-German ties will make greater achievements in the next 30 years.

Rau said that both the German government and economic sector hope to further strengthen exchanges with China and promote pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.

While meeting with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, Tang said China and Germany should cooperate more closely as both countries have more common interests and shoulder growing responsibilities for the world.

He proposed more high-level visits, strengthened consultation at foreign ministry level, and closer coordination and cooperation in the United Nations and other international organizations.

Tang also suggested promoting economic and trade cooperation, especially boosting the ties of medium and small size enterprises.

Fischer said that as China was becoming one of most important political forces in the 21st century, Germany paid high attention to its relations with China and wished to further strengthen bilateral exchanges and cooperation in all fields on the basis of frankness and the One China policy.

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