‘China is indispensable partner’

2022-07-03 0 By

This year marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Germany.”Over the past 50 years, Germany-China cooperation in various fields has shown sufficient vitality and potential, providing a strong impetus for the development of both sides.”Michael Schumann, president of the German Federal Association for Economic Development and Foreign Trade, said in an interview with this newspaper that “according to the German Federal Statistics Office, China has been Germany’s largest trading partner for six consecutive years, and the two countries have maintained close cooperation in the economic and trade field.”Schuman said that Germany-China economic and trade cooperation is highly complementary and covers a wide range of areas.In recent years, the two sides have actively expanded cooperation in new energy, green economy and digital economy, and trade in services has grown rapidly.”Germany and China work hard to promote economic globalization and trade liberalization and facilitation, oppose unilateralism and protectionism, and continuously deepen economic and trade cooperation in various fields.”In the face of COVID-19 challenges, Germany-China economic and trade cooperation has maintained growth momentum.At the 4th CiIE, 176 German companies participated in the expo, with a total exhibition area of 41,000 square meters. The number and area of German companies participating in the expo ranked first among EU member states for four consecutive years, and the intended transaction volume reached 16.9 billion US dollars.”China’s economy is showing strong vitality and resilience, and German companies are striving to seize the new opportunities brought by China’s continued opening-up to the outside world and push for further development of Germany-China relations and Eu-China relations.”Schumann believed that cooperation between Germany and China in the field of health enjoys broad prospects.”China has provided valuable experience to the global fight against the epidemic, actively provided vaccine support to other countries, and contributed Chinese wisdom and solutions.”Germany and China have stayed in close contact, actively carried out cooperation on medical supplies and opened a “fast track” for personnel between the two countries to facilitate personnel exchanges on the basis of effective epidemic prevention and control.The two sides have also stepped up exchanges and cooperation on vaccines, making important contributions to fighting the epidemic and promoting equitable distribution of vaccines.Schuman said Germany and China share broad common interests in addressing climate change and environmental protection.In the energy field, Germany is promoting energy transformation, and China is also actively implementing energy conservation and emission reduction to achieve the “dual carbon” goal.”Germany and China are committed to developing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, setting a new benchmark for EU-China cooperation in the field of renewable energy.”Schuman spoke highly of China’s contribution to global poverty reduction.He noted that China has historically solved the issue of absolute poverty, provided support for poverty reduction in other countries and actively promoted the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.China has actively carried out international cooperation on poverty reduction, health care, environmental protection and climate change, and vigorously promoted common development of the world.”China is an indispensable partner on these global issues.”Schuman said further cooperation between Germany and China will bring new opportunities for the development of the two countries and eu-China relations and inject positive energy into world peace, stability and development.(Berlin, April 2) People’s Daily (03 Edition, April 03, 2022)