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Xi and Germany's Gauck promote new opportunities

By Zhou Wa and An Baijie (China Daily) Updated: 2016-03-22 02:41

Xi and Germany's Gauck promote new opportunities

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) holds talks with visiting German President Joachim Gauck at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on March 21, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping called for more efforts to boost mutual respect and deepen political trust between China and Germany, as he met with his German counterpart on Monday.

The two countries should work together to support the Belt and Road Initiative and jointly explore the international market, Xi said.

He made the remarks while meeting in Beijing with German President Joachim Gauck, who is on his first visit to China. Gauck will also visit Shanghai and Xi'an.

The two countries have agreed to boost culture, education, media, youth and sports exchanges.

Both leaders attended the opening ceremony of the China-Germany Year of Student and Youth Exchanges.

Gauck spoke highly of China's role in international affairs.

Ma Canrong, former Chinese ambassador to Germany, said Gauck's visit reflects the high frequency of high-level political exchanges between the two countries.

"While continuing cooperation in traditional areas such as trade and manufacturing, China and Germany are also exploring new fields for cooperation, such as on the Belt and Road Initiative and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank," said Ma.

The initiative includes the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. It was proposed by Xi in 2013 and aims to boost trade and connectivity along the ancient trade routes spanning Asia, Europe and Africa.

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