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Merkel seals strategic gains

07-22-2010 13:51 BJT

BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Sino-German partnership is certain to go a long way in helping to resolve key issues and aiding in global economic recovery.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's four-day visit to China, which concluded Sunday, has further consolidated bilateral ties, already robust in recent years.

During the trip, Merkel reserved high words of praise for her country's relationship with the Asian nation, saying it had entered into a new and more candid phase. In response, Premier Wen Jiabao warmly echoed Merkel's comments, saying her visit would be "historically significant" as far as the relationship was concerned.

During her stay here, Merkel not only garnered for her country some profitable economic and trade orders, but also got from China an assurance that it is committed to conducting economic and trade exchanges with Germany, promoting bilateral technological cooperation and firmly supporting a long-advocated free trade pact in their joint endeavor to further promote global economic stability and recovery.

More important, both sides also agreed to further strengthen mutual strategic trust and set up a reliable strategic partnership in the post-crisis era.

Economic and trade cooperation remains a very important component of Sino-German relations.

Bilateral trade volume totaled 92 billion euros ($118.6 billion) in 2009, with a surplus of nearly 20 billion euros on the Chinese side.

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