China, Germany pledge closer innovative partnership

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 7, 2017

This year marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement where she pledged "more decisive action than ever" on climate on June 2, 2017 at the Chancellery in Berlin, in reaction of the US President's decision to quit the Paris climate agreement.

Speaking at a business event with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Merkel said China and Germany saw the opportunities that globalisation and digitalisation presented and wanted to work together to bring about "global progress together".

Wang hopes that Germany would continue to play a positive role in urging the European Union to make good on its promise to support the principles of the World Trade Organization and the EU's fulfillment of Article 15 of the Protocol on China's Accession to the WTO, as well as to stop using the "surrogate country" or similar approaches in anti-dumping investigations against China.

"We are living in times of global uncertainty and see our responsibility to expand our partnership in all the different areas and to push for a world order based on law", she said.

"China has become a more important and strategic partner", Merkel said at a news conference with Li, pointing to political, economic, social and cultural ties.

Li and Merkel also witnessed the signing of a series of cooperation documents in the fields of economy and trade, new-energy vehicles, trilateral cooperation, finance and artificial intelligence.

Calling the Paris pact a "historic quantum leap", she said that Germany would live up to its "obligations under this agreement, particularly on financing of climate assistance for the poorest and most vulnerable countries in the world".

The Paris Agreement was adopted by 196 parties in Paris in 2015 and it went into effect in November previous year.

Li told reporters in Berlin that Germany and China "are both ready to contribute to stability in the world". "Small and medium-sized enterprises will also share more global cooperation dividends", Wang said. China is a big manufacturing country, while Germany is a strong one. He wrapped up his German trip and arrived in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium on Thursday afternoon.

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