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Premier Li meets Merkel

Updated: Jul 16,2016 4:15 PM

Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel exchanged views on China-Germany and China-EU relations on July 16 in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia.

Premier Li said China is willing to work with Germany to implement the agreement reached at the fourth round of China-Germany inter-governmental consultation, to enhance exchanges and coordination in international and regional affairs and promote Sino-German ties and cooperation.

Premier Li said the Nice terrorist attack shocked the world and Brexit also affected the stability of the international financial market, showing Eurasia still faced many problems and challenges.

China opposes any form of terrorism and firmly supports the European integration, believing that a prosperous and stable Europe benefits all parties, the Premier said, hoping the European Union (EU) will move forward with a stable transition in its relationship with Britain.

China wants to strengthen cooperation with the EU, including Germany, and jointly meet challenges and safeguard regional and world peace, stability, development and prosperity, the Premier said.

Premier Li also expounded China’s position on the EU’s fulfillment of its obligations on Article 15 of the protocol on China’s accession to the WTO, saying that China and the EU are important trade partners and the issue concerns the enterprises’ and the market’s confidence in the rule of law, international rules, and China-EU economic and trade relations. The Premier hopes the EU can treat this issue seriously and fulfill its obligation as scheduled. He also says Germany should play a positive role in the proper resolution of the issue.

Merkel said frequent dialogues between the two prime ministers reflected the close ties between the two countries.

Germany is willing to keep communicating with China on the latest development of the European situation, she said.

Declaring China is a reliable partner of the EU, Merkel called on the EU to conduct more rational and pragmatic cooperation with China.

She also urged the international community to properly handle the Brexit effect and jointly fight terrorism.