Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier attend the fourth round of foreign ministerial talks between China and Germany in Beijing, capital of China, April 14, 2014. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)
BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and visiting German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier held the fourth round of foreign ministerial strategic talks between the two countries on Monday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Germany in March has pushed bilateral relations to a new stage, Wang said, noting that leaders of the two countries decided to lift their relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
Wang called on both sides to implement the consensus reached by the leaders.
Firstly, the two countries should start formulating the road-map for bilateral mid- and long-term cooperative action, he said.
Secondly, the two sides should properly prepare for the high-level fiscal and financial dialogue mechanism and the year of innovative cooperation in 2015.
Thirdly, the two sides will expand their strategic dialogue to a diplomacy and security strategic dialogue to deepen communication.
Fourthly, China and Germany will promote people-to-people exchanges so as to deepen mutual understanding and friendship.
Fifthly, the foreign ministries of the two countries should enhance communication and coordination on major international and regional issues.
Sixthly, Wang called on the two sides to make joint efforts to build four partnerships of peace, growth, reform and civilization between China and Europe. China hopes Germany keeps on acting as a pacemaker in China-Europe relations.
Steinmeier said President Xi's visit to Germany was a huge success and significantly promoted bilateral cooperation. Germany is willing to work with China to actively implement the results of the visit.
Germany will strengthen communication, dialogue and cooperation with China to push forward Germany-China relations as well as Europe-China ties, he said.
The two ministers agreed to prepare for a series of high-level visits in the near future and exchanges and cooperation in related fields.
On human rights, Wang stressed China is willing to hold dialogues with foreign countries including Germany on the basis of equality and mutual respect, but China is opposed to human rights being used as an excuse to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.