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Wen holds talks with Merkel

(Xinhua)

15:25, August 30, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 30, 2012. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

BEIJING, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks and co-chaired the second round of Chinese-German intergovernmental consultations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel here on Thursday, expressing his confidence in China-Germany cooperation and the future of bilateral ties.

During the consultations, Wen said China and Germany have maintained close coordination to implement a consensus reached during the first round of Chinese-German intergovernmental consultations held in Berlin in June last year.

Both sides have scored progresses in fields including electric automobiles, small enterprises and vocational education, while expanding mutual investment, Wen said.

"These results are hard won as they have been accomplished under unfavorable international economic circumstances," according to the premier. "Therefore, the significance exceeds the range of the two countries."

As important global economies and strategic partners, China and Germany need to make efforts to lift the confidence of the international community in order to jointly face the challenges of the international financial crisis and the European debt crisis, Wen urged.

He said he and Merkel had communicated on deepening China-Germany ties and reached a new strategic consensus during the smaller group meeting.
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