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Chinese ambassador: Sino-German relations exceed bilateral ties


Chinese Ambassador to Germany Wu Ken. [Photo/Xinhua] BERLINThe relations between China and Germany are beyond bilateral ties and their cooperation has achieved “a whole greater than the sum of the parts”, Chinese Ambassador to Germany Wu Ken has said.

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Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan is visiting Germany from Thursday to Sunday at the invitation of German government. During the visit, China and Germany will have an in-depth exchange of ideas on bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields, Wu noted in a recent interview with Xinhua

Wu said the two countries will enhance the global and strategic significance of bilateral cooperation in light of the developments and changes in the international situation, hoping to put positive energy and stabilizing force into the region and the world through promoting pragmatic cooperation and mutual trust

Wu noted that 2019 marks the fifth anniversary of the establishment of an all-round strategic partnership between China and Germany. He said the Sino-German ties have been developing continuously at a high level, reaching an unprecedented depth and breadth, bringing tangible benefits to the two countries and peoples

In 2018, bilateral trade volume amounted to nearly 200 billion euros ($223 billion). Germany has been China‘s biggest trade partner in Europe for 43 consecutive years, while China has been Germany‘s biggest trade partner for three years, said Wu, noting that trade between the two countries has realized mutual benefits with “great openness”

China and Germany should enhance collaboration at the China-EU level and under the multilateral framework of the United Nations, G20 and other international organizations, said Wu, adding that the two countries should jointly safeguard the rule-based multilateral trade system, clearly oppose protectionism and unilateralism, maintain trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and maintain the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

On the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI, the diplomat said Germany “participated in it early, cooperated firmly and enjoys a bright future”

Wu added that German cities such as Duisburg and Hamburg have benefited a lot from the BRI initiative, and their stories have spurred the enthusiasm of all levels of government, economic circles and especially small enterprises in Germany to join the BRI

Wu said China will actively promote Sino-German cooperation in third-party markets along the BRI routes and combine the complementary advantages of the two countries with local development needs in a bid to benefit each other