Special Report: Premier Wen's "trip of Confidence" to
ChinesChinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L)
speaks while German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on during a news
conference in Berlin Jan. 29, 2009. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)
BERLIN, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- China and Germany have
vowed to make joint efforts to stabilize the global economy amid the ongoing
financial and economic crisis, said a joint statement issued Thursday.
The cooperation between China and Germany, the
world's two major export-driven economies, is of special significance for the
world's efforts to tackle the financial downturn, said the statement released
after visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's meeting with German Chancellor
The two sides agreed to strengthen dialogue on
economic and trade, currency and fiscal policies and pledged to support each
other on their economic stimulus plans based on their own situations, it said.
China and Germany have agreed to enhance their
comprehensive strategic partnership and cooperation in jointly dealing with the
global economic crisis, Wen told a press conference following his meeting with
The strengthened Sino-German cooperation is of
special significance in the context of the current world economic downturn, said
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao addresses the
Fifth Chinese-German Forum for Economic and Technological Cooperation in
Berlin, Jan. 29, 2009. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
The two nations should strengthen cooperation in
various fields and press ahead with their comprehensive strategic partnership,
which bears global responsibility amid an ailing global economy, the Chinese
Echoing Wen's remarks on bilateral cooperation,
Merkel said his visit has further promoted German-Chinese cooperation in such
fields as politics, economy and culture.
Germany is ready to promote bilateral cooperation in
improving energy efficiency, environmental protection and intellectual property
protection, she said.
Merkel also called on the two nations to further
enhance bilateral trade and economic relations despite the harsh economic
According to the joint statement, both nations will
also seek to broaden their cooperation and inject new impulse into the economic
growth, especially on such fields as climate change, infrastructure
construction, transportation and logistics, financial services, and information
technology, it noted.
The two nations will continue to strengthen
cooperation, especially in the sector of the innovative technology through such
mechanism as the China-Germany joint commission for economic cooperation and the
Sino-German economic and technical cooperation forum, it said.
Meanwhile, the two nations also agreed to encourage
bilateral cooperation between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) pledging
to introduce supportive measures for SMEs activities in investment, financing,
taxing and trade, it added.
The two sides also stressed the importance of curbing
trade protectionism, saying they will oppose trade and investment protectionism
in whatever forms.
They also pledged to implement the consensus reached in
the G20 Washington Summit in efforts to push forward the reform of global
At a forum on Sino-German economic and technical
cooperation on Thursday, Wen proposed that in addition to trade in goods, the
two sides should expand cooperation in such service sectors as banking,
insurance, telecommunications, logistics.
European enterprises can absolutely increase their
exports of advanced technical equipment, which would overcome the difficulties
they are facing currently, but also meet the demand from the Chinese market,
The Chinese government welcomes German enterprises to
play a more active role in promoting technical innovation, upgrading industrial
structure, and fostering development coordination in various regions in China.
Chinese companies are also encouraged to build
manufacturing bases, marketing network, and research institutions, said the
Also on Thursday, China and Germany signed six deals,
including a memorandum of understanding on the transfer from Germany of parts of
the core technologies for the maglev railway projects in China.
Other agreements cover cooperation in climate
protection, the car industry, construction of Chinese ecological city Xuzhou,
and exchanges between the museums of the two countries.
Germany is the second leg of Wen's European tour
after Switzerland, where he attended the annual meeting of the World Economic
Forum (WEF). The week-long trip will also take him to the European Union
headquarters in Brussels, Spain and Britain.
Chinese premier calls for closer cooperation in environmental
protection with Germany
Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here Thursday that China is
ready to enhance cooperation with Germany in resource conservation and
The Chinese government, which gives high priority to
resource conservation and environmental protection, has laid down a national
program on fighting climate change, Wen said at a forum on China-Germany
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Chinese premier calls for expanding trade, investment between
BERLIN, Jan. 29
(Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday called for further measures
by China and Germany to promote bilateral trade and investment.
In addition to trade in goods, the two sides should expand
cooperation in service sectors, including banking, insurance, telecommunications
and logistics, Wen said at a forum on China-Germany economic and technological
cooperation in Berlin. Full story