President Xi Jinping met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Great Hall of the People on the 24th.
Xi Jinping welcomed Merkel's 11th visit to China and praised Merkel for attaching great importance to Sino-German relations. Xi Jinping pointed out that since the establishment of an all-round strategic partnership between China and Germany in 2014, the relations between the two countries have achieved rapid development and the breadth and depth of cooperation has reached an unprecedented level. China is willing to make joint efforts with Germany to push bilateral relations to new heights.
Xi Jinping pointed out that China has always firmly supported the integration path chosen by Europe and hopes that the EU will remain united, stable, open, and prosperous. China is willing to work with the European Union to firmly advocate multilateralism, send more information to the international community that is clear, predictable, and boost confidence, and promote the development of the international situation toward stability and benefits to all parties.
Merkel said that he is glad to visit China soon after he is re-elected as German Chancellor. I agree with President Xi’s assessment of the relationship between Germany and China. China is an important member of the international community and an important trade partner of Germany. The relationship between Germany and China has entered a new era. Germany is ready to seize new opportunities brought about by China's deepening of opening up, expanding trade and investment cooperation between Germany and China, and expanding cultural exchanges. Against the background of the great changes in the current world situation, Germany and China must strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs and closely cooperate within the G20 and other multilateral frameworks. Germany supports the enhancement of the EU-China cooperation.