|Xi Jinping Speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the Phone|
On the evening of November 24, 2020, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Recalling that he and Merkel both attended the G20 Leaders' Summit days ago, Xi Jinping noted that both sides advocate upholding multilateralism, boosting international cooperation, joining forces against the pandemic, reinvigorating the world economy, and jointly tackling global challenges. Currently, with Europe and some other regions in the world facing the test of a second wave of the pandemic, it remains a top priority for all parties to work together to fight the pandemic. China is ready to strengthen vaccine exchanges and cooperation with Germany and promote fair distribution of vaccines as a global public good, especially for the benefit of developing countries.
Xi Jinping pointed out that since the onset of the pandemic, China and Germany have kept communication in a flexible way, with practical cooperation continuing to advance. China is actively fostering a new development paradigm and steadfastly expanding domestic demand and opening-up, which will bring new opportunities to Germany. China also hopes that Germany and the European Union (EU) will be open to Chinese enterprises. Both sides need to maintain mutual respect and always stick to the overall direction of dialogue and cooperation as well as the general principle of mutual benefit. He hopes that the new round of China-Germany intergovernmental consultations will make plans for the two countries' cooperation in various fields.
Xi Jinping pointed out that China-EU cooperation is gaining more global and strategic significance in the complicated international situation. Both sides need to enhance mutual trust and cooperation, strengthen exchanges and mutual learning, safeguard multilateralism and improve global governance. He recalled that a number of consensuses were reached during his video conference with Merkel, European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in September, adding that they are all being implemented. China is ready to maintain continuous close communication with the EU on their major agendas for the next phase, strive to conclude China-EU investment treaty negotiations as scheduled, promote the establishment of China-EU dialogue mechanisms on environment and climate as well as digital cooperation, and make China and the EU green partners and digital partners, so as to inject robust impetus into the development of the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership under the new circumstances.
Merkel noted that the world is undergoing profound changes and Europe is facing the second wave of the pandemic. China has done a good job in COVID-19 prevention and control and taken the lead in economic recovery, which is good news for German enterprises. She hopes that both sides will strengthen communication on vaccine cooperation and push forward cooperation in such fields as trade, investment and new energy vehicles. The German side congratulates China on having signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) with relevant parties, and hopes to step up efforts with China to push forward concluding negotiations on the EU-China investment treaty by the end of this year. Germany highly appreciates China's announcement of its medium- and long-term targets and visions for climate change response, and hopes to deepen bilateral cooperation in areas such as climate change and ecological environment. Germany stands ready to continue to maintain close communication with China over major Germany-China and EU-China political agendas for the next phase, adding that she will stay committed to pushing for sustained and sound development of Germany-China and EU-China relations.