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Vice Foreign Minister Qin Gang Holds Video Political Consultation with State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Miguel Berger

On December 14, 2020, Vice Foreign Minister Qin Gang and State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Miguel Berger held a political consultation at vice-foreign ministerial level between China and Germany at the latter's request via video link. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on China-Germany and China-EU relations, and discussed the current global scenario of COVID-19 and international anti-pandemic cooperation.

Qin Gang said that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought profound changes to the world, adding more instability and uncertainty to the international situation. Against this backdrop, the China-Germany relations have maintained a sound momentum of growth in general. The frequent dialogues and exchanges between the leaders of the two countries in particular have steered and added impetus to the development of bilateral relations. The two ministries of foreign affairs should make planning and preparation for the high-level exchanges of the two countries in the next phase. China appreciates the efforts made by Germany for pushing forward the China-EU cooperation agendas when holding the EU's rotating presidency. China is ready to continue to support the EU in strengthening its strategic autonomy, and to reach the China-EU Investment Agreement at an early date, and enhance cooperation with the EU in international pandemic response, equitable global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, global governance, climate change response, biodiversity conservancy and other fields.

Qin Gang pointed out, at the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee, President Xi Jinping announced that China will promote reform and opening up at a higher starting point, and accelerate the establishment of a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay, and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other. Numerous German enterprises in China have deeply integrated into the Chinese economy, thus becoming part of China's domestic circulation, and an essential link in both domestic and international circulations as well. China continues to welcome German enterprises to operate in China and wishes that the German side will provide a fair, open and non-discriminatory market environment for Chinese enterprises.

Miguel Berger made positive comments on the bilateral relations and the cooperation between the EU and China in fighting against the pandemic and tackling climate change. He said that Germany attaches great importance to developing comprehensive strategic partnership with China. Germany is willing to leverage over 80 dialogue and cooperation mechanisms between the two countries, further deepen and expand bilateral exchanges and cooperation, and deepen Germany-China cooperation in politics, economy, trade, finance, health, cultural exchange and other fields, and will continue to play a positive role in promoting the EU-China cooperation agendas.

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