On November 4, 2011, Jia Qinglin, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, held talks with Horst Seehofer, President of the Bundesrat, or federal council of Germany in Berlin.
Conveying cordial greetings and wishes from Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, Jia congratulated Seehofer for assuming the Presidency of the Bundesrat on behalf of the CPPCC National Committee. Seehofer, also the leader of the Christian Social Union and premier of Bavaria, received the Chinese delegation on the fourth day after assuming the Presidency of the Bundesrat, which reflected the importance he attached to developing relations with China. The Sino-German ties have been on a sound track as high-level leaders keep constant contacts, featuring increasingly intensified mutual political trust and accomplishments in jointly coping with the international financial crisis, said Jia. In June, Premier Wen Jiabao and Chancellor Angela Merkel co-chaired the first round of China-Germany inter-governmental consultation in Berlin and reached important consensus on furthering mutually beneficial cooperation in many spheres, said Jia. The two sides have carried out effective exchanges and cooperation on a wide range of fields from finance, agriculture, environmental protection, science and technology, to education and culture, and maintained close consultation and coordination on international and regional issues, said Jia, adding that the Sino-German ties have become the pacemaker in the Sino-European relations.
Jia emphasized China and Germany share a wide range of common interests in maintaining world's peace and stability, enhancing regional economic growth and jointly coping with global challenges. As reciprocal needs and common interests are increasing, the space for cooperation further expanding, and bilateral relations witnessing new opportunity for development, he pointed out that China is willing to take the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties to fulfill the outcome of the first round of inter-governmental consultation, enrich the strategic content of the bilateral relations and lift the ties to a new height. To achieve that goal, both sides should continue to strengthen mutual political trust, endeavor to intensify pragmatic cooperation, including those among regions and firms, keep on expanding people-to-people and cultural exchanges and further keep closer multilateral cooperation.
On Sino-European relations, Jia said that the general trends are sound and bringing benefits to people of both sides. China attaches great importance to its ties with the European Union (EU) and supports its efforts in dealing with the current debts crisis. He expressed China's willingness to enhance understanding and trust and intensify all-round cooperation with the EU so as to further promote the Sino-EU comprehensive strategic partnerships to a higher level and make positive contributions to lasting peace and common prosperity of the world.
Jia introduced the system of multi-party cooperation and political consultation led by the CPC, pointing out that it is an important task of the CPPCC to build up understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and people all over the world. Jia said the CPPCC is willing to further strengthen the friendly exchange with German Bundesrat and enhance exchanges of experience on state governance to better serve for the economic and social development of their respective countries and advancing Sino-German relations.
Seehofer said he was glad to meet Jia shortly after his assumption of the new office, saying that he was also honored to invite Jia to the plenum of Bundesrat. At the beginning of the plenum, he extended warm welcome for Jia’s visit on behalf of all Bundesrat members and briefed them on the important role played by the CPPCC. He totally agreed with Jia's comments on bilateral relationship and his views on its further development. Germany attaches great importance to developing its cooperation with China and regards it as one of the most important foreign ties, and Germany would like to make joint efforts with China to enhance pragmatic cooperation in all areas and advance the German-Chinese strategic partnership to a higher stage, said Seehofer.
On the same day, Jia also met with Jens Boehrnsen, mayor of Bremen and former Bundesrat president, visited the Bundesrat and attended the opening session of the plenum of Bundesrat on invitation.
Vice-Chairman and Secretary-General of the National Committee of the CPPCC Qian Yunlu and Chinese Ambassador to Germany Wu Hongbo were present at the above-mentioned activities.