On November 1, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People with Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel of Germany, who led a governmental delegation to China for the activities for Guest of Honor of the 16th Western China International Fair.
Li Keqiang said that the generally sound development momentum of China-Germany relations can be attributed to bilateral practical cooperation launched in the principle of mutual respect, equal treatment, mutual benefit and win-win results. The common interests between China and Germany are far greater than the differences. Both sides should properly handle the general direction of the development of bilateral relations, and expand common interests, so as to promote bilateral relations for constant, sound and stable development.
Li Keqiang pointed out that China and Germany should firmly advance trade and investment liberalization and facilitation and send a clear signal of opposing protectionism to the outside. During the visit, you said to the Ministry of Commerce that Germany supports the EU in fulfilling its obligations under Article 15 of the Protocol on China's Accession to the World Trade Organization in due course and terminating the "surrogate county" approach. It is hoped that the German side will implement them through practical actions. China's door of opening up will be wider. Enterprises of both countries are welcomed to expand mutual investment.
Sigmar Gabriel expressed that Germany-China relations and cooperation have enjoyed sound development. Germany welcomes China to invest in the country and is willing to work with China to create a better investment environment for both sides and jointly send out the positive signal of the stable development of Germany-China and EU-China relations.