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Monday, June 13, 2016, 12:43

Beijing poised to strengthen German ties

By Hu Yongqi
Beijing poised to strengthen German ties
Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visit Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace in Beijing. (Wu Zhiyi / China Daily)

Against the backdrop of a glowing summer sunset in Beijing, Premier Li Keqiang received his visiting German counterpart Angela Merkel on Sunday at the Summer Palace.

It was Merkel's second visit to a World Heritage site in Beijing after she toured the Temple of Heaven in 2014. She is making her ninth trip to China since taking office.

Li welcomed the German chancellor at the Summer Palace's east gate before showing her around several ancient sites.

He later hosted a banquet for Merkel near the Summer Palace, where they also held an informal meeting.

Li said both countries are steadily implementing the guidelines of the third round of China-Germany government consultations in 2014.

China is willing to hold in-depth discussions with the European Union during the fourth round of the consultations, scheduled for Monday, the premier said.

Areas for discussion include linking the Made in China 2025 strategy with Germany's Industry 4.0 strategy, cooperation in third-party markets and smart manufacturing.

Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, refers to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

"China welcomes foreign investment from all countries, in particular Germany, and I hope China and Germany will strengthen communication and cooperation among G20 member states, dedicated to boosting global economic growth and maintaining world peace," the premier said.

Merkel said bilateral relations have developed smoothly and Germany will enhance exchanges and cooperation with China in various fields.

Li said: "This calls for innovative ways for deepening bilateral cooperation between China and Germany, expanding common interests, and building new momentum ... in bilateral relations. China will have in-depth discussions with Germany on cooperation in relevant fields during the fourth round of China-Germany governmental consultations."

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