Beijing, 21 January 2022 (TDI): Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Wang Yi held a meeting with his new German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, on Thursday. The meeting was held via video link.

During the meeting, the two sides vowed to deepen cooperation in multifarious fields. Wang Yi stated that China and Germany, as strategic partners, ought to be an example of win-win cooperation.

Moreover, the two should act as leaders in China-EU relations, as well as proponents of a unique type of international relations, along with being collaborators that surpass the disparities in social systems.

Wang Yi, Chinese foreign Minister
Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister

The bilateral trade between the two reached a record high last year, despite the effects of the epidemic. This fact in itself fully illustrates the complementarity of the two economies as well as the strength of trade and economic ties between the two states.

The Chinese Foreign Minister reiterated that China and Germany must together create highlights of collaboration in the domains of communications, digital technology, agricultural science and technology, service trade, as well as green development. He enunciated that China welcomes German enterprises to boost their investment in China.

Whilst the German Foreign Minister on her part highlighted that Germany is committed to developing a durable alliance with China. In addition, Germany will continue to adhere to the one-China policy.

Annalena Baerbock, further underscored that the two partners should take the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to enhance collaboration in myriad fields. Besides, Germany is willing to treat foreign businesses in Germany, including Chinese enterprises, equally.

Wang Yi, Chinese foreign Minister in a virtual meeting with his German counterpart
Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister in a virtual meeting with his German counterpart

The two counterparts also acquiesced to hold formal celebrations for the 50th anniversary along with preparing for the 7th round of intergovernmental talks. the two sides agreed to conduct equal dialogue on issues such as human rights and democracy, on the basis of mutual respect.

As a result, the two will collaborate to further strengthen education, enhance mutual understanding, non-governmental and local exchanges, along with carrying out exchanges between more than 100 pairs of sister states,  provinces, and cities of China and Germany.

Lastly, the two counterparts agreed to boost green development partnerships and enhance exchanges to address green governance and climate change. Additionally, they also exchanged views on enhancing collaboration on multilateral affairs as well as the Iranian nuclear issue.