Chinese premier eyes stronger ties with Germany, welcomes investment

20:41, January 15, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with visiting German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday called for stronger ties with Germany and welcomed its investment.

"China and Germany should take a long-term view, enhance mutual trust and deepen cooperation to bring bilateral relationship to a new high," Wen told visiting German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

Westerwelle, also German Vice Chancellor, is leading a delegation of lawmakers and business executives on a two-day visit to Beijing. It is his first China trip since he took office in October.

Wen said China and Germany had maintained a positive and upward momentum of relations, citing both countries' joint efforts to tackle the global economic downturn and enhanced communication.

Despite global economic downturn, China and Germany maintained strong trade relations as trade volume in 2009 totalled 105. 73 billion U.S. dollars, down 8.1 percent from previous year.

With complicated international situation and grim challenges ahead, Wen called on both countries to keep the big picture in mind and push the bilateral partnership.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R front) meets with visiting German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Westerwelle said his country paid much attention to China relations and would like to deepen bilateral cooperation in politics, economy and other fields and jointly address global issues and challenges.

Wen pledged more dialogue and cooperation with Europe to ensure shared interests of Chinese, Europeans and the world people.

Westerwelle said Germany would make positive efforts to push Europe-China relations.

In a brief address to business executives who accompanied Westerwelle, Wen introduced China's efforts to implement its opening-up and reform policy.

"China will create a more open and favorable environment for investment and encourage foreign businesses to invest in high-end manufacturing, technology, services, new energies and energy efficiency," Wen said.

Wen appealed for more foreign investment in China's central and western regions and vowed to protect the legitimate rights of foreign investors.

"You are welcome to invest and run businesses in China," Wen told the German executives.

Earlier Friday, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with Westerwelle on bilateral relations, Iran nuclear relations and climate change.

Yang attributed the sound ties to mutual support on issues concerning each other's unification, sovereignty and territorial integrity, extensive common interests, mutual respect and equal dialogue.

Source: Xinhua
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