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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas of Germany

2018-09-27

On September 26, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas of Germany on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York.

Wang Yi expressed that the current international situation has become increasingly complex. The uncertainties and protectionism are on the rise with multilateralism being severely affected. China is the founder and participant of the existing international system. We should firmly safeguard the process of multilateralism, firmly safeguard the international system with the UN at the core, firmly safeguard the international law and international rules, and firmly safeguard the international trading system with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the core. The joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the "16+1 cooperation", and other international and regional cooperation initiatives put forward by China are open and transparent, aiming to make the international system better play its role. We are glad to see that upholding multilateralism has become the mainstream voice of the current session of the General Assembly.

Wang Yi noted that the Chinese side congratulates Germany on its assumption as the non-permanent number of the UN Security Council next year. We attach importance to the influence of Germany in international affairs, and are glad to see that Germany has played a positive role. We stand ready to strengthen communication and coordination with Germany in the Security Council to make joint efforts for international peace and security. The Chinese side is also willing to, together with the German side, enhance exchanges on the development and reform of the WTO, better safeguard the core values of the WTO, maintain the international trade rules and order, and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the vast number of developing countries.

Heiko Maas expressed that Chancellor Angela Merkel visits China every year, which fully demonstrates the great importance the German side has attached to Germany-China relations. Both Germany and China firmly uphold multilateralism, and share similar stances on major international issues including free trade, climate change and the Iranian nuclear issue. Germany hopes to see that China plays a greater role in international affairs, and stands ready to intensify the communication and coordination between the two sides in multilateral organizations including the UN Security Council. Under the current situation, international relations are undergoing structural changes. All parties should uphold and maintain the jointly established international rules. The European Union (EU) does not agree to take the sanction and tariff as main diplomatic tools. And Germany advocates strengthening communication and cooperation on major international issues between the EU and China.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

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