Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Meets with German President Wulff
On December 6, 2011, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, who is in Berlin for the China-Germany Foreign Ministerial Strategic Dialogue, met with German President Christian Wulff.
Sino-German relations have been on a sound track with good momentum in recent years and continue making new progress, Yang said. He appreciated the efforts President Wulff has made in this regard. The leaders of China and Germany have met and kept in contacts many times this year as the first round of China-Germany inter-governmental consultation has been successful in reaching consensus on further cooperation in many fields, Yang noted. He also pointed out that both sides have carried out consultation and coordination in dealing with the international financial crisis, making important contribution to the global economic and financial stability. The two countries are important strategic partners to each other. Yang said that China is willing to keep closer high-level contacts, deepen economic and trade cooperation and strengthen mutual understanding and trust, in a bid to push forward the Sino-German strategic partnership. Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Looking forward to Chinese Cultural Year to be held in Germany next year, Yang believed it will further step up the German people's understanding about China and enhance the exchanges between the people, particularly the youth, of the two countries. China-Germany economic and trade relations are a model of China-EU economic and trade ties. Yang expressed the hope that Germany could play a more active role in advancing Sino-European economic and trade ties and countering against trade protectionism, especially against the backdrop of the spreading international financial crisis.
In turn, Wulff said that China is of great significance in maintaining world peace and stability, particularly in the current fluid and complicated international situation. It is very important for both countries to keep communications and exchanges in multiple levels, Wulff said. He also pledged support to China for holding the Chinese Cultural Year in Germany, saying it would be conducive to the better understanding of China's history and culture among German people. It is imperative to bolster cooperation between China and Germany in light of the fact that both countries are important forces for maintaining the international economic and financial situation.
Both sides also exchanged views on the Bonn conference on Afghanistan and other issues.