Senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi said here on Saturday that China and Germany should maintain strategic resolve and the steady and healthy development of bilateral relations in the face of today’s complicated world.

Yang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks when meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel here on the sideline of the ongoing 55th Munich Security Conference. Yang said China and Germany should expand their common interests through complementing each other.

Yang Jiechi and Angela Merkel
Photo: Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Munich, Germany

Yang, who delivered a keynote speech on Saturday at the three-day Munich Security Conference, said China welcomes the active participation of Germany in the international cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and will continue to provide a fair and transparent investment environment for all foreign enterprises, including those from Germany.

Yang expressed the hope that the German side will also continue to provide a fair policy environment for Chinese enterprises to invest and do business in Germany.

On her part, Merkel said that Germany and China are comprehensive strategic partners who enjoy frequent high-level exchanges, fruitful results of friendly cooperation in various fields and close coordination on international affairs.

She said the German side has taken a positive approach towards international cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and is willing to strengthen communications and cooperation with China, and promote the interests of enterprises and peoples of both countries.