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To reinforce the mainstream of cooperation of China-Germany ties, the Premier of China, Li Keqiang has said he hope the upcoming administration of Germany would maintain a positive and pragmatic policy toward China.

The Premier said this during a video conference he had with the outgoing German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Monday.

Li told Merkel that the two sides should keep using the inter-governmental consultation mechanism to expand and strengthen cooperation, and that China is willing to work with Germany and other countries to jointly deal with climate change and strengthen international cooperation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Premier also said his country would be more open and also hope Germany would remain open in order to safeguard the rules-based multilateral trade system together and the stability of the global industry and supply chains.

This is the latest interaction between Chinese leaders with Merkel after Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Merkel by video link on October 13 and praised Merkel’s contributions to China-Germany relations and China-EU ties.

The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SDP), The Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) have agreed to proceed from exploratory talks to coalition negotiations over establishing a new German administration, but experts pointed to the possible risk and influence of an unclear China policy.

Last week, President Xi held a phone conversation with European Council President Charles Michel, during which the two leaders stressed strategic independence and agreed on promoting communications.

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