Chinese vice premier, German chancellor pledge to deepen cooperation

10:45, January 08, 2011      

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Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (R) meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 7, 2011. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday the two countries will jointly tap their great potential to deepen cooperation.

Li said his visit aims to implement the consensus reached by leaders of both countries and push for new developments in bilateral ties.

Li praised the achievements in China-Germany relations last year, especially the huge bilateral trade volume, which accounted for nearly one third of that between China and the whole of the European Union (EU).

The two countries, with extensive consensus, helped each other in tackling the international financial crisis, which proved that China and Germany can be "reliable partners," Li said.

The Chinese leader believed that there is still great potential in deepening bilateral ties as well as their trade and economic cooperation.

Moreover, he urged both sides to ensure the success of the first China-Germany inter-government consultation, due to be held later this year, through "careful planning and close consultation."

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