China, Germany vow to lift partnership to higher levels

Updated: 2014-10-10 23:07


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BERLIN - China and Germany on Friday released a comprehensive action plan designed to further promote their all-dimensional strategic partnership.

The document, a guideline for bilateral cooperation in the medium and long terms, was issued during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's ongoing official visit to the European economic powerhouse.

The two sides should work together to properly implement the blueprint, and pursue common development from a long-term perspective, so as to raise their relationship to higher levels, Li said while co-chairing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel the third round of bilateral governmental consultations.

Beijing, the premier added, is ready to open strategic dialogue with Berlin on diplomatic and security affairs.

He also urged Germany to increase high-tech exports to China, support the inauguration of feasibility studies on a China-EU free trade zone, and help ease the EU's high-tech export restrictions on China.

During Li's visit, China and Germany inked $18.1-billion's worth of trade, investment and technological cooperation deals.

Li arrived here Thursday for a three-day official visit. Germany is the first leg of his three-nation Europe tour, which will later take him to Russia and Italy.