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Wen holds talks with Merkel


08:05, February 03, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the welcoming ceremony before their talks in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 2, 2012. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

BEIJING, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday exchanged views with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on major bilateral issues.

After the closed-door meeting, Wen said this year, the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries, was very important for bilateral relations.

The two countries have arranged a variety of high-level visits as well as a series of large scale economic and cultural exchange activities for 2012.

These exchanges programs have great significance for deepening bilateral mutual trust and improving bilateral coordination on coping with the complicated international political and economic situation, so as to safeguard common interests of the two countries, said Wen.

Calling Merkel's visit is focusing on future, Wen said he was willing to work with Merkel to advance bilateral friendly cooperation.

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