|Wang Qishan Visits Germany|
From May 30 to June 2, 2019 local time, Vice President Wang Qishan visited Germany at the invitation of the Federal Government of Germany, during which he met respectively with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin.
When meeting with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Wang Qishan said that China and Germany are both major world economies and major countries with great influence. The relations between the two countries have gone beyond bilateral scope and bear global significance. In recent years, the two countries have seen intensified high-level exchanges and constantly deepened cooperation in all fields. I am willing to further push for new development of China-Germany all-around strategic partnership through the visit. As bilateral relations are currently facing a new situation, the two countries should set a model of win-win cooperation for the world through deepening cooperation, inject more stability into the world through guiding the China-Europe cooperation, and strengthen the forces to safeguard multilateralism through boosting global governance.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the current international landscape is complicated and turbulent, and multilateralism is under threat. The German side highly values the relations with China, supports strengthening communication and coordination with China at all levels, and continues practical cooperation in Industry 4.0 and in other fields. Germany and China, and Europe and China, should join hands to maintain the world peace and stability, free trade, and existing international orders.
When meeting Angela Merkel, Wang Qishan expressed that China sticks to peaceful development, and will, through steadily deepening reform and expanding opening up, solve its existing problem of imbalance and insufficient development to meet people's desire for a better life and to fulfill the promises of the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government to the people. China cannot develop itself in isolation from the world, nor can the world develop without the 1.4 billion Chinese people, and China advocates all countries in the world to build a community with a shared future for humankind together. Facing the profound and complex changes in the international situation, the Chinese side always insists on doing its own share firstly, staying calm and clear-headed, showing composure, shouldering responsibility and reacting rationally. China and Germany, as all-around strategic partners, need to strengthen cooperation in building a fairer and more reasonable global governance system, to jointly face the uncertainties. The Chinese side has always viewed Europe from a strategic height and with a long-term vision, and firmly supported the European integration. China is a trustworthy cooperative partner for Europe to have dialogue on an equal footing and stable expectations.
Angela Merkel said the German side appreciates China's great achievements in economic development and believes that China can definitely achieve the ambitious goals of eradicating poverty and finishing building a moderately prosperous society on schedule. Facing the current complex and volatile international environment in which various new problems emerge, the German side is always committed to safeguarding the principle of multilateralism and the existing international order. Germany advocates strengthening international coordination and cooperation through dialogue, and disagrees with the action of exerting threat and pressure to solve problems. Germany and China, as well as Europe and China, share broad consensus on a wide range of issues, and they stand ready to strengthen communication, exchanges and cooperation with the Chinese side to improve global governance system.
When meeting Heiko Maas, Wang Qishan said that China and Germany share common interests in many fields such as deepening practical cooperation, safeguarding multilateralism and free trade, improving global governance and promoting world peace. In the next stage, both sides should set the right direction for China-Germany and China-Europe in-win cooperation, encourage the enhanced exchanges in ideology, talents as well as science and technology between the two sides, cement the foundation of the friendship between the two peoples, and inject more positive energy into the world.
Heiko Maas said that the German side is willing to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation on multilateral issues with the Chinese side, as well as to jointly tackle global challenges, safeguard multilateralism and international order, and promote the liberalization of international trade.
During his visit to Germany, Wang Qishan also successively met with Mayor Peter Tschentscher of Hamburg and Governor Markus Soeder of Bavaria, and visited the port of Hamburg.