BEIJING, June 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's just-completed official visit to Hungary, Britain and Germany has contributed to enhancing China's exchange and cooperative relations with the three countries, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Wednesday.
Given the current complex international situation and the uncertainties and instability concerning the world economic recovery, Yang said, China and Europe, both at a critical stage in their respective developments, face common challenges and shoulder common responsibilities.
Hailing the broad prospect of the China-Europe relations, Yang said China and the three countries, as well as Europe at large, share the same hope of strengthening communications and cooperation and boosting common development, which also was the goal of Premier Wen's visit.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet the press in Berlin, Germany, June 28, 2011. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)
BRINGING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH GERMANY INTO NEW STAGE
Yang lauded the frequent exchanges of high-level visits between China and Germany over the past years, and their deepened mutual understanding and cooperation in fighting the international financial crisis. He said that bilateral ties face new opportunities for development.
In the first round of intergovernmental consultations between China and Germany, which was established to comprehensively advance their strategic partnership, Wen met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German President Christian Wulff.
The premier also attended the Sixth Chinese-German Forum for Economic and Technological Cooperation during his stay in Germany, Yang said.
Yang spoke highly of the unprecedented scale, extensive topics as well as the effectiveness of the consultation. He said that more than 20 ministers from the two sides attended consultations with their counterparts.
Quoting Wen's remarks during the consultation, Yang said both China and Germany aim to lift cooperation and exchanges in various fields to a higher level through this mechanism, and it is in the fundamental interests of both sides and will make a positive impact on the world.
Merkel, for her part, said the consultation has laid an even more solid foundation for the development of bilateral ties; and Germany is willing to work closely with China to fully implement the results of the consultation so as to bring bilateral relations to a new stage, Yang said.
During the consultation, the two sides agreed to expand trade and investment with the aim of attaining the goal of 280 billion U.S. dollars in trade volume by 2015. Also, they decided to forge a strategic partnership on electric vehicle and to expand cooperation in new energy, energy conservation, environmental protection and energy efficiency.
Meanwhile, China has decided to set up a 2-billion-euro (2.8-billion-dollar) special loan to support cooperation between small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The two sides also worked out a five-year agricultural cooperation plan, and pledged to improve an innovation and cooperation platform in such fields as life science, establish vocational education cooperation alliance and carry out exchanges on hospital management. They also vowed joint efforts to successfully hold the Chinese Culture Year in Germany in 2012 and strengthen youth exchanges.
Representatives from the two sides inked a series of cooperative documents and economic agreements worth over 15 billion U.S. dollars.
During his speech at the Sixth Chinese-German Forum for Economic and Technological Cooperation, Wen made a series of proposal to further expand trade and two-way investment, strengthen technological cooperation, and cooperation on new energy, energy conservation and environmental protection and between SMEs, as well as exchanges between the two peoples, Yang said.