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Li Keqiang and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany Jointly Attend ASEM High-Level Meeting on Disability & Global Conference on Assistive Devices and Technology

2015/10/29

At noon of October 29, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany attended and addressed the opening ceremony of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) High-Level Meeting on Disability and Global Conference on Assistive Devices and Technology at the Great Hall of the People.

The Premier and the Chancellor first visited the assistive devices exhibition in the accessibility experience center and had warm communications with on-site representatives.

Li Keqiang expressed in his address that at the 10th ASEM Summit held in Milan, Italy last year, I proposed on behalf of the Chinese government to incorporate cooperation regarding people with disabilities into the Asia-Europe Cooperation Framework (AECF). I am very glad that by now the relevant cooperation has scored substantial achievements, which will provide beneficial support for promoting social development, advancing guarantee of human rights and stimulating economic growth in the ASEM member countries.

Li Keqiang pointed out that the development of the cause concerning people with disabilities is an important indication of improvement of people’s living standards, progress of the human rights cause and level of social civilization. The Chinese government pays great attention to affairs regarding people with disabilities and is working together with other countries to implement the content about the development of the cause concerning people with disabilities in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. After decades of unremitting efforts, we have paved a sustainable development path in the cause concerning people with disabilities which not only embodies international advanced ideas but also conforms to China’s national conditions. To build a well-off society in all aspects by 2020, China needs to further improve the guarantee system for rights and interests of the disabled as well as public service system for these people, increase supply of public products and public services significantly, help people with disabilities to have their share of achievements in economic and social development and never let the disabled “left behind”.

Li Keqiang stressed that the services industry for disabled people, represented by assistive devices, not only possesses both economic and social benefits and carries scientific and technological innovations as well as humanistic care but also enjoys broad development prospects. It is hoped that German enterprises will give full play to their own advantages, expand cooperation with Chinese enterprises to promote the quality and upgrading of the “Made in China” strategy and “Made in Germany” strategy, and enhance cooperation in the cause concerning people with disabilities in Asian and European countries so as to contribute more to the sustainable development which is more fair, inclusive and beneficial to every individual.

Angela Merkel expressed that inclusiveness is the core concept of the cause concerning people with disabilities. Cooperation regarding the disabled within the framework of the ASEM has opened up new areas for Germany-China cooperation with broad prospects. Germany is willing to work with China to strengthen communication and mutual reference in cause concerning people with disabilities and explore new modes of cooperation, and to help China in its continuous development of the cause concerning people with disabilities and building a well-off society in an all-round way.

More than 400 people attended the meeting, including people from the two countries, relevant international organizations, other Asian and European countries and the business circle as well as representatives of people with disabilities.

State Councilor Wang Yong was present at the event.

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