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Xi, Merkel watch football match between Chinese, German youths

By  Hu Shenqiu (CNTV)    08:14, July 06, 2017

(photo by CGTN)

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday watched a football match between Chinese and German youth teams, encouraging young players to foster friendship.

"You are the future of the Chinese and German football," President Xi told the Chinese footballers and their German peers before the friendly match kicked off in Olympiastadion Berlin, a world-famous sports stadium.

"I hope you can develop the hardworking spirit, learn from each other, and maintain close friendship," said Xi.

Merkel welcomed the Chinese president and his wife, Peng Liyuan, before they met German football dignitaries on the field. The leaders also watched a photo exhibition on football cooperation between the two countries' schools.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, his wife Peng Liyuan, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel with members of Chinese and German youth football teams in Berlin, capital of Germany, on July 5, 2017. /Xinhua Photo

After the match, President Xi pointed out that China and Germany are advancing football cooperation and it is a systematic project to improve football skills.

China is willing to push for all-round football cooperation with Germany, said Xi, adding that with joint efforts, the two countries will harvest more fruits from the cooperation.

President Xi arrived in Berlin on Tuesday afternoon for a state visit to the European country, where he will also attend the G20 summit in the German port city of Hamburg.

(Source: Xinhua)

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