On October 30, local time, Jia Qinglin, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, met with President of the Bavarian Parliament Barbara Stamm in Munich.
Jia said China attaches importance to its ties with Germany and views the European country as an important strategic partner. In recent years, the two countries' leaders have maintained close contact with each other and mutual political trust has been constantly strengthened, said Jia. Friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries have maintained strong momentum of development in various fields, he said. China and Germany enjoy an important opportunity to expand their cooperation in the current complex, volatile international situation. China is willing to work together with Germany to strengthen communication, deepen cooperation and push bilateral relations to a new level based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.
Jia said China attaches importance to and actively supports bilateral cooperation at local levels, noting that the cooperation between the two countries' provinces is an important component of bilateral ties. Jia said the state of Bavaria plays an important role in the overall pragmatic and friendly cooperation between the two countries. The state of Bavaria ranked first among the German federal states in terms of trade and investment in China. Bilateral cooperation at local levels is very active. The state of Bavaria has established friendly relations with Shandong and Guangdong provinces and seven cities in Bavaria have established friendly city relationships with Chinese cities. In the spirit of innovation and win-win cooperation, China will continue to conduct cooperation with the German state in economy, trade, technology, especially in high-tech, Jia said, adding China supports its relevant provinces and cities to conduct mutually beneficial cooperation with Bavaria.
For her part, Stamm said she felt deeply honored and proud that Chairman Jia chose the state of Bavaria as the first stop of his Germany visit, adding this will greatly advance bilateral cooperation. Bavaria's cooperation with Chinese provinces not only benefits the state itself, but also promotes the development of the overall bilateral ties, she said. The Bavarian state admires China's development achievements and is ready to further enhance exchange of experience with the Chinese side, advance youth exchange and expand its cooperation with China in high-tech and renewable resources so as to uplift the Germany-China ties to a higher level, Stamm said.
Vice-Chairman and Secretary-General of the National Committee of the CPPCC Qian Yunlu, Chinese Ambassador to Germany Wu Hongbo and other officials attended the meeting.