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Wang Yi: China and Germany Need to Jointly Shoulder Three Major Tasks
2020/09/01

On September 1, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was on an official visit to Germany, jointly met the press with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas of Germany in Berlin.

Wang Yi noted, this is my second visit to Berlin this year. I had candid, in-depth and friendly talks with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, which enhanced mutual trust and was fruitful. The world today is facing three major choices: multilateralism or unilateralism, openness or closeness, and cooperation or confrontation. The Chinese side suggests that China and Germany, as major countries with global influence, need to jointly undertake three major tasks:

First, we should jointly maintain international solidarity to fight the pandemic and revitalize the world economy. The two sides will continue to firmly support the work of the World Health Organization (WHO), jointly resist the wrong words and deeds that poison the international anti-pandemic cooperation. We should further implement the consensus reached at the G20 Summit, and provide assistance to underdeveloped regions such as Africa, especially making vaccines a universally accessible global public product. The pandemic has had an impact on the global industrial and supply chains. The so-called "decoupling" and "deglobalization" will only further weaken the momentum of world economic recovery. China and Germany are ready to maintain two-way openness, strengthen cooperation in the fields including trade and investment, health and sanitation, clean energy and digital economy, and take concrete actions to maintain the stable operation of industrial and supply chains. The two sides will also jointly support the resumption of work and production, continue to expand the application scope of "fast lane", and explore cooperation on joint pandemic prevention and control.

Second, we need to work together to promote China-European Union relations for more stable and mature development and towards a higher level. The Chinese side will firmly support the European integration process, the EU's unity and growth, the EU's enhancement of strategic autonomy, and Europe's greater role in international affairs. The Chinese side has expectations for Germany, the rotating EU presidency, to promote China-EU relations. The two sides will make good preparations for the important political agenda in the next stage, deepen China-EU cooperation in the fields including climate change, green development, digital economy, and public health, and conclude the negotiations on the China-EU investment agreement within this year.

Third, we should jointly practice multilateralism and oppose the creation of a "new Cold War". Both China and Germany oppose the provocation of confrontation and will strengthen cooperation in multilateral institutions, and support the United Nations, the WHO and multilateralism. China and Germany as well as China and the EU share far more common interests than differences. The two sides are partners, not rivals. The social systems and ideologies of China and European countries are different, but the Chinese side has always opposed the export of ideology and has no intention of engaging in institutional competition. In order to promote people-to-people bonds, I have invited Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to China to hold the Second Meeting of the China-Germany High-level People-to-people Exchange Dialogue Mechanism, and proposed to hold the "People-to-People Exchange Year" on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Germany. The two sides will support more exchanges between think tanks, media, universities and research institutions of the two countries, and hold the China-Germany Dialogue Forum and the media dialogue.

Wang Yi said, China and Germany are all-round strategic partners. It is normal for the two sides to have different views on some issues. As long as the two sides adhere to mutual respect, non-interference in each other's internal affairs and mutual understanding and support on issues concerning each other's core interests, we will be able to maintain mutual trust, and China-Germany relations could embrace steady and long-term development. Thus, the two sides could make new contributions to world peace and stability and common development.

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