Germany to push EU to recognize China's market economy status: communique

21:52, July 16, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Beijing, China, July 16, 2010. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
A communique agreed by the leaders of China and Germany Friday says Germany will actively push the European Union to recognize China's full market economy status, and China will continue talks on the issue with the EU.

The joint communique was issued after visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Friday morning and met with President Hu Jintao in the afternoon.

Both sides agreed the international financial crisis had not altered the long-term trend of world economic growth, and all countries should learn from the crisis. Though the global economy was gradually reviving, the foundations were still fragile, the communique said.

China supported the EU's efforts to stabilize its economy and finances and attached importance to the role Germany played in this process. China also believed that countries within the euro zone would overcome the difficulties and realize stable economic development, the communique said.

The two countries vowed to continue to enhance communication and negotiation within the G20 and to oppose trade and investment protectionism in any form.


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