Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) meets with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Beijing, China, April 14, 2014. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)
BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday met with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and stressed the importance of bilateral relations.
Li said during the meeting that he expected to co-chair the third round of the China-Germany inter-governmental consultation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel this year.
He called for the two sides to work out a long-term outline for bilateral cooperation, strengthen cooperation in manufacturing and emerging industries of strategic importance, and advance bilateral ties to a higher level.
Germany is an important member of the European Union and a major power of global influence, Li said, noting that China is willing to intensify communication and coordination with Germany on international and regional issues.
China will play a constructive role in resolving disputes through dialogue, support liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment, make joint efforts with Germany to safeguard world peace and stability and promote sustainable development of the global economy.
Steinmeier said the two countries share broad common interests, enjoy fruitful cooperation results and have a promising future.
He said the German side is looking forward to Li's visit to Germany and his participation in the inter-governmental consultation.
Germany hopes to further strengthen cooperation with China, improve the competitiveness of the two countries' economies and make progress in common development.
They also exchanged views on the Ukrainian situation during the meeting.
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi also met with Steinmeier on Monday.