Minister of State Annen met Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng at the Federal Foreign Office today (9 July) at the start of the 5th German-Chinese intergovernmental consultations. There have been regular meetings between the two countries’ governments since 2011. The talks serve to further enhance the intensive and diverse cooperation between Germany and China. In addition to the meetings of the two government delegations with numerous ministers, various bilateral meetings between the relevant departments will take place at the Federal Chancellery today.
At the start of their meeting, Minister of State Annen and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng recalled more than 150 years of German-Chinese diplomatic and economic relations. These ties began, among other things, with the Friendship, Trade and Shipping Treaty between the German Customs Union, various other German states and China of 2 September 1861, the original of which can be found in the Political Archive of the Federal Foreign Office.
The talks focused on the entire range of foreign policy and bilateral issues from EU‑China relations to strengthening the exchange between the foreign ministries and embassies of the two countries in other states and an agreement on close cooperation during Germany’s term as a non‑permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2019/2020. The two ministers agreed that it was necessary to strengthen the multilateral order and work together to counter the trend towards isolationism and protectionism.
Minister of State Annen said:
German-Chinese relations are based on a long tradition, mutual respect and a dialogue which also includes difficult issues. Since the first trade agreements between our countries, we have learned that economic exchange between equal partners and on the basis of fair agreements is in the interest of both countries. We want to continue working on this and further expanding our political and economic cooperation.
Afterwards, the two ministers attended the plenary session of the intergovernmental consultations in the Federal Chancellery to present their conclusions to the heads of government and other ministers.