BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) is ready to make joint efforts with the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) to boost China's relations with Germany and Europe, said a senior CPC official Monday.
He Guoqiang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, made the remarks when meeting with former SPD chairman Kurt Beck in Beijing.
He said China appreciated the contribution SPD had made to developing bilateral ties.
"The CPC would like to make joint efforts with the SPD to promote sustained, stable and healthy growth of China-Germany and China-Europe relations," he told Beck, who is also governor of Germany's western state of Rhineland-Palatinate, which was twinned with China's southeastern Fujian Province in 1989.
He said cooperation between the two local governments had seen rapid growth since the twinning links and the Chinese government would continue to support exchanges and cooperation between local governments.
He said the two countries had worked together to combat protectionism and cooperate closely in dealing with the global economic crisis, and had contributed to world economic recovery.
He also briefed Beck on the fifth plenum of the 17th CPC Central Committee.
Beck vowed to boost mutually beneficial cooperation between his state and China.
Beck, who served as SPD chairman from May 2006 to September 2008, praised China's steps to counter the economic downturn. "China's measures have contributed to world economic recovery and offered precious opportunity to expand global cooperation," he said.
Beck is visiting China at the invitation of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs.