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Xi Jinping Holds Telephone Talks at Request with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

2018/03/18

On March 17, 2018, President Xi Jinping held telephone talks at request with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.

Congratulating Xi Jinping on his election as Chinese President, Angela Merkel expressed that the new German government is committed to continuously developing closer relations between Germany and China, and stands ready to strengthen high-level exchanges and institutional dialogues with China in a bid to boost cooperation in various fields. Germany has always supported the Belt and Road Initiative and regarded it as a strategic bridge for Eurasia, as well as stands ready to contribute to the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative through project cooperation. Germany supports deepening Europe-China relations, and stands ready to strengthen cooperation with China within the G20 and other multilateral frameworks, so as to jointly safeguard multilateral order.

Xi Jinping congratulated Angela Merkel on her re-election as Chancellor of Germany. Xi Jinping pointed out that both China and Germany are major countries and important stabilizing forces in the world. Bilateral relations have achieved high-level development within the framework of the all-round strategic partnership. I have noticed that the new German government continues regarding China as a priority of its diplomacy in Asia. China also attaches great importance to developing its relations with Germany. China and Germany should set an example of win-win cooperation, enhance strategic docking, jointly well plan for mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields in the next stage and push forward cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, in a bid to achieve common development. China and Germany should continuously lead China-Europe relations, and play constructive roles in promoting China-Europe strategic mutual trust and boosting China-Europe cooperation. China and Germany should become impellers for new-type international relations, and be dedicated to maintaining economic globalization and multilateralism. Both countries should support free trade, oppose trade protectionism, strengthen cooperation within the G20 and other multilateral cooperation, jointly maintain and improve the international order and the economic governance system as well as maintain and build an open world economy. China and Germany should also become cooperation partners transcending ideological differences. China and Germany are partners, not rivals. One side's development will bring opportunities to the other side rather than challenges. As long as the two sides adhere to equality and mutual respect, understand and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns, stick to focusing on cooperation as well as properly control and handle differences, China-Germany relations will enjoy long-term and stable development.

Leaders of the two countries also exchanged views on issues of common concern, including the international trade order.

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