Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Tuesday called for further cooperation between China and Germany in advent of 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties next year while meeting with German President Christian Wulff.
Sino-German relations have been on a sound track with good momentum in recent years and continue making new progress, Yang said to Wulff during his stay in Berlin for the second round of China- Germany Foreign Ministerial Strategic Dialogue.
The leaders of China and Germany have met and kept in contacts many times this year as the first round of China-Germany inter-governmental consultation has been successful in reaching consensus on further cooperation in many fields, Yang noted.
He also pointed out that both sides have carried out consultation and coordination in dealing with international financial crisis, making important contribution to the global economic and financial stability.
Yang said that China is willing to keep closer high-level contacts, deepen economic and trade cooperation, strengthen mutual understanding and trusts, in a bid to push forward the Sino-German strategic partnership.
Looking forward to Chinese Cultural Year that will be held in Germany next year, Yang believed it will further step up the German people's understanding about China and enhance the exchanges between the people, particularly the youth, of the two countries.
During the talks, Yang expressed the hope that Germany could play a more active role in advancing Sino-European economic and trade ties and countering against the trade protectionism, especially against the backdrop of the spreading international financial crisis.
In turn, Wulff said that China is of great significance in maintaining world peace and stability, particularly in the current fluid and complicated international situation.
It is very important for both countries to keep communications and exchanges in multiple levels, and it is imperative to bolster cooperation in light of the fact that China is an important force in safeguarding world peace and stability, Wulff said.
He also pledged support to China for holding the Chinese Cultural Year in Germany, thinking it would be conducive to the better understanding of China's history and culture among German people. Enditem