Premier Wen Jiaobao and his German counterpart Angela Merkel on
Monday exchanged views over the phone on bilateral ties as well as
international and regional issues of mutual concern.
During the telephone conversation, Wen said that China and
Germany are sharing more common interests and a brighter future for
The two countries should build confidence in the political
field, boost economic and technological cooperation, and promote
cultural exchanges, to elevate Chinese-German relations to a new
level, Wen said.
Merkel hailed the headway made during the annual session of
China's National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's
Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held in Beijing in
earlier this month.
The German government attaches great importance to China-Germany
relations and is willing to beef up bilateral cooperation in fields
like trade, environmental protection, mining security and the
promotion of clean energy, Merkel said.
During the call, Wen and Merkel also exchanged views on major
international and regional issues, such as environmental change,
the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the Iranian nuclear issue and
the conflict in the Sudanese region of Darfur.
(Xinhua News Agency March 20, 2007)