|State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Held Talks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas|
On 1 September local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin during his official visit to Germany.
Wang said that the world today faces a choice between multilateralism and unilateralism, between openness and seclusion, and between cooperation and confrontation. China and Germany, as two important and independent forces, should strengthen strategic communication, deepen strategic coordination and expand strategic cooperation to fulfill the following three major tasks.
First, strengthening international cooperation against COVID-19 and reviving the global economy. As COVID-19 poses a long-term challenge and its containment becomes a new normal, China is ready to work with Germany to open up in an orderly manner more fast lanes for personnel exchanges, and strengthen cooperation on the research and development of vaccines and drugs. This will not only help protect the health of the two peoples, but also contribute to global public health security. The two sides should champion international solidarity, support the WHO, and stand firmly against wrong remarks and actions that poison international cooperation against COVID-19. Efforts should also be made to implement the consensus reached at the G20 Summit, provide assistance to Africa and other less-developed regions, and inject more impetus to global economic recovery.
Second, working for a more stable and mature China-EU relationship at a higher level. Developing strategic partnerships with Germany and Europe is a strategic decision of China, not one made for expediency or under the influence of a third party. China and the EU are partners, not rivals. The two sides should bring more stability to this turbulent world through mutual accommodation and learning. China is ready to work with Germany and the European side to prepare for the important political agenda for the next stage, strengthen dialogue and cooperation in such fields as economy, trade, climate change, green development and digitization, and conclude the negotiations on the China-EU investment agreement within the year. China hopes that Germany will play a constructive part in promoting mutual trust and cooperation between China and the EU during its EU presidency.
Third, upholding multilateralism and opposing attempts to create a new Cold War. China stands ready to strengthen cooperation with Germany in the UN, WTO and other multilateral organizations, and work with Germany to uphold the UN’s authority, improve global governance and build an open world economy. The two sides need to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation, take concrete steps to maintain stability of the industrial and supply chains, and resist “decoupling”, “de-globalization” and other regressive acts.
Wang stressed that China will work with Germany to enhance exchanges between the people, think tanks, media outlets, academics and research institutions of the two countries, convene the second meeting of the China-Germany High-level Cultural and People-to-People Exchange and Dialogue Mechanism and launch a China-Germany Year of People-to-People Exchanges to build stronger ties between the two peoples.
Maas noted that Germany highly values Germany-China and EU-China relations, and that further developing such relations is an important priority for Germany during its rotating EU presidency. Germany will work with China to ensure the success of the important political agenda between the EU and China.
Noting that “decoupling” serves no one’s interests, Maas said that without the participation of China, a major country with significant influence, it is impossible to find lasting solutions to major global issues like climate change. Germany hopes to deepen political, economic, and people-to-people exchanges and cooperation with China. The two countries need to stand in solidarity against COVID-19 and engage in vaccine cooperation to ensure vaccine accessibility. Germany is ready to conduct candid discussions with China on areas of difference on the basis of mutual respect.
The two sides also had an in-depth exchange of views on international and regional issues of mutual interest. On the same day, Wang also met with German Chancellor’s foreign policy adviser Jan Hecker and her economic adviser Lars-Hendrik Röller to exchange views on the important political agenda of China-EU relations for the next stage.