China eyes stronger coordination with Germany in settling global hot issues

08:53, April 01, 2011      

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Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (R) meets with German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Beijing, March 31, 2011. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met with German Vice Chancellor Guido Westerwelle on Thursday, calling on stronger coordination between the two countries in promoting proper settling of global hot issues.

"The two countries should enhance contacts, and play constructive role in promoting the appropriate settlement of international hot issues," Li told Westerwelle, who is also Germany's foreign minister.

China always attaches great importance to developing relations with Germany from a strategic height and a long-term perspective, Li said.

Though different in social systems and cultural traditions, China and Germany should seek common grounds while shelving differences, respect each other and deepen substantial cooperation in various areas, he added.

The vice premier also reviewed the progress of bilateral relations in recent years, especially since the two sides set up strategic partnership last year, citing enhanced understanding and trust, strengthened cooperation in economic, technological and cultural fields.

In response, Westerwelle said he was glad to see the sound growth of bilateral ties, adding Germany's economy is increasingly inseparable with China.

China's new economic and social development program has brought opportunities for bilateral cooperation, he said, referring to China's 12th Five-Year Plan released earlier this month during the annual session of China's National People's Congress.

"Germany is ready to make joint efforts with China to deepen win-win cooperation, and promote bilateral ties up to a new stage," he added.

Westerwelle is on a three-day China trip to co-chair the first bilateral minister-level strategic dialogue with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is scheduled to meet with him on Friday.

China and Germany have held four strategic dialogues at the vice-minister level since 2006, and agreed in 2010 to upgrade the dialogue to minister-level.

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Source: Xinhua
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