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Xi Jinping Meets with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

On September 6, 2019, President Xi Jinping met with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in Beijing.

Xi Jinping pointed out, at present, we are in an era of mounting challenges and risks, and no country can remain immune as unilateralism and protectionism pose serious threats to world peace and stability. As two responsible major countries, China and Germany need to strengthen strategic communication, coordination and cooperation to jointly cope with the common challenges facing mankind more than ever. This is becoming increasingly important not only for China and Germany but also for the world. The two sides should uphold mutual respect, dialogue and consultation, respect each other's development path, accommodate respective core interests, and be strategic partners for equal dialogue, mutually beneficial cooperation and mutual learning.

Xi Jinping stressed, it is necessary to make the pie of China-Germany cooperation bigger. Many achievements in economic and trade cooperation have been achieved during your visit to China this time, which proves that the Chinese side matches its words with deeds to expand opening-up. Chinese market is large enough and will grow larger as China develops, which will bring more new opportunities to Germany and the rest of the world. Auto industry cooperation is a good example of mutual benefit and win-win results between the two countries. Both sides should remain open-minded and forward-looking and step up cooperation in emerging fields such as autonomous driving, new energy vehicles, intelligent manufacturing, artificial intelligence, digitalization, and 5G to jointly cultivate and explore future markets. The Chinese side is accelerating the opening of financial and service industries and welcomes German enterprises' investment in these sectors. You will also visit Wuhan. German enterprises are welcome to participate in the construction of the Yangtze River Economic Belt. Both countries need to build a strong cultural and public support base and strive for broad participation and support of the two peoples, especially the young. The two countries should jointly assume responsibilities for upholding international fairness and justice, defending free trade and multilateralism, and strengthening cooperation in areas such as climate change and cooperation with Africa.

Angela Merkel said, Germany-China dialogue and cooperation are extensive and China is Germany's largest trading partner. Cooperation between the two countries is developing in a better direction. Germany is very pleased to share China's achievements in expanding its opening-up policy and is willing to continue to increase investment in China, expand cooperation areas and promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Unilateralism and protectionism also have a negative impact on Germany. All parties should work to resolve differences and frictions through dialogue and consultation. The German side is willing to strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs with the Chinese side in the spirit of multilateralism and free trade, and play a constructive role in the development of the European Union-China relations.

The two sides also exchanged in-depth views on the current major international issues and reached broad consensus.

Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others were present.

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