Hu Jintao Meets with German Chancellor Merkel

On the afternoon of July 16, 2010, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Great Hall of the People.

Hu said that in recent years, China-Germany relations had developed smoothly with the concerted efforts of both sides. Both sides enjoy productive cooperation, fruitful cultural exchanges and coordination in regional and international affairs, said Hu. Hu noted he had met with Merkel three times on multilateral occasions since April, including a meeting at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. "Your visit, very shortly after our three meetings, fully demonstrates the sound momentum of bilateral relations," said Hu. During Merkel’s current visit, both sides determined the new orientation of bilateral relations and decided to advance China-Germany strategic partnership in an all-round manner. "This is a strategic decision made by both sides, which will surely have far-reaching significance and bring new opportunities for bilateral ties," said Hu. The Chinese president said China was willing to work with Germany to strengthen political mutual trust, trade cooperation and cultural exchanges in accordance with the direction and target set in the joint communiqué between the two countries. China and Germany would also cooperate within multilateral frameworks, cope with global challenges so as to push the China-Germany strategic partnership to a new level and contribute to world peace and common development, Hu said.

Merkel said she was pleased to meet with Hu on many occasions and exchange views with him on major issues in bilateral relations. She said Germany and China had cooperated well in tackling the global financial crisis, resulting in a closer relationship and world economic recovery and healthy development. "China, with rapid economic growth, is a major partner of Germany and Europe," said Merkel, thanking China for its support of EU’s efforts to stabilize the euro. Germany is ready to work with China to further expand and deepen bilateral cooperation in politics, economy, trade, culture, environment and multilateral affairs. She also urged both sides to promote their strategic partnership in accordance with the joint communiqué issued by the two countries.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other officials attended the meeting.

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