Senior CPC leader meets German vice chancellor (2)

08:09, April 14, 2010      

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Li Changchun (L), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, meets with German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Berlin, April 13, 2010. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

On China-Europe relations, Li placed emphasis on the strategic importance of developing the ties under the new historical context, hoping that the two sides could take the opportunity of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the EU, in an effort to lift their comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level.

Westerwelle, also Germany's Free Democratic Party (FDP) chairman, said the two countries' common interests were expanded amidst the global financial crisis last year. He spoke highly of the growth of bilateral ties, as well as China's role in the international arena.

He pledged to help further deepen economic ties, expand cultural exchanges, strengthen communications among the young people of both countries, and push forward Sino-German and Sino-EU relations.

Westerwelle reiterated that Germany will adhere to the one- China policy.

Also on Tuesday, Li visited the Chinese Culture Center in Berlin, hearing a briefing and presenting books, audio and video products on Chinese contemporary culture. He asked staffers of the center to make every effort to increase the attractiveness of the Chinese culture to the local people.
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