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Vice Foreign Minister Qin Gang Speaks by Phone with State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office Miguel Berger of Germany

On June 2, 2020, Vice Foreign Minister Qin Gang spoke by phone with Miguel Berger, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, exchanging views on China-Germany relations, China-European Union (EU) relations and cooperation in COVID-19 response.

Qin Gang said, in the fight against the pandemic, China and Germany have worked together and helped each other, jointly advocated international cooperation and firmly supported the work of the World Health Organization (WHO), showcasing China’s and Germany’s responsibility as major responsible countries and setting an example for the international community’s cooperation in COVID-19 containment. The close communication between the leaders of the two countries demonstrates the high-level mutual trust between China and Germany. The Chinese side appreciated that Germany has made China-EU relations a top diplomatic priority during its rotating EU presidency. Qin Gang expressed China’s readiness to enhance communication with Germany, speed up the progress on the China-EU investment agreement and the discussion on a China-EU 2025 strategic agenda for cooperation, and ensure the success of the China-EU Summit. China and Germany also need to beef up cooperation and make our contributions to helping the world economy overcome the impact of the pandemic and maintaining the stability of the world’s industrial and supply chains.

Miguel Berger expressed thanks to the Chinese side for providing support to Germany and the EU in purchasing epidemic prevention supplies in China, and for taking the lead with Germany in trying out a “fast lane” that is conducive to resuming economic cooperation. As all-round strategic partners, Germany and China share common interests in a wide range of areas, including international cooperation against the virus, support for WHO and response to climate change. Germany will, during its rotating EU presidency, push forward various cooperation agenda between the EU and China, including the EU-China Summit, so as to elevate Germany-China and EU-China cooperation to new highs.

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