Li Keqiang meets Angela Merkel

CNC report from Beijing
Added On May 27, 2013

After visiting Switzerland, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is now in Germany for an official visit.

On Sunday, he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to map out future bilateral cooperation.

The two sides have also reached important consensus on deepening the strategic partnership.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his German counterpart Angela Merkel held talks on Sunday in Berlin.

During their talks, Li said stepping up China-Germany cooperation not only conforms to the interests of the two countries, but also benefits China-EU ties and the whole world.

China is ready to work with Germany to further promote their multi-layered and wide-ranging cooperation to push bilateral ties to a new high.

Li said China is stepping up efforts to realize industrialization,informatization, urbanization and agricultural modernization to upgrade its economy.

And he suggested the two countries to take the opportunity for closer cooperation on the two countries' manufacturing industry on standard-making, technological innovation and personnel training.

The Chinese Premier also underscored China's relations with the European Union.

He said, quote:
"Germany is the first EU country I visit since taking office as Chinese premier. That shows the new Chinese leadership highly values China's relations with the EU."             
Li Keqiang, Chinese Premier

On the German side, Merkel said Germany and China have carried out smooth cooperation on many fields, and the two countries have very close ties and their relations have reached an unprecedented high level.

She said Germany supports stronger EU-China cooperation.

And she believes the two sides should use dialogue and consultation to resolve the problems in cooperation, make efforts to expand trade volume while avoiding frictions.

The two leaders also witnessed the signing of a number of documents on bilateral cooperation in investment, energy saving and environmental protection, agriculture and education.

Before their meeting, they had officially launched "the Year of Languages" program between China and Germany.

Li said "the Year of Languages" initiative and a student exchange program  would help enhance mutual understanding and pass on China-Germany friendship to future generations.