Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday is concluding his first visit to Berlin with praise for the German economy and a clear expression of support for tightening bilateral cooperation to create a "dream couple."
"The 'Made in China' is still being developed. The 'Made in Germany' is already established. If we combine ourselves in an ideal and optimum way, we would be a dream couple," said Li at a meeting with businessmen of both countries at which he presided along with Germany Economy Minister Philipp Rösler.
Li said that his government is committed to structural reforms and to the progressive opening of the Chinese economy, matters in which cooperation with nations abroad is necessary.
In addition, he encouraged German businessmen to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the processes of modernization and industrialization in China.
Rösler, meanwhile, expressed his satisfaction with Beijing's commitment to greater economic opening and categorically rejected the punitive tariffs of up to 47 percent imposed by the European Commission on Chinese solar panels.
"There's no need for sanctions," the German minister said, adding that both countries will benefit from free trade and fair competition.
Li expressed confidence that the "temporary problems" between the European Union and China will be quickly overcome and that bilateral cooperation can be deepened.
The second day of Li's visit to Germany began with a working breakfast with Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he signed at least 10 agreements, mainly economic and trade-related in nature and about which no concrete figures have been made public.
German government spokesman Steffen Seibert, at a routine meeting with the media, called the bilateral meetings "rewarding" and "very open."
Economic and trade issues were among the main topics discussed, Seibert said, along with the legal environment for bilateral investment and the questions Li posed about European moves to overcome the debt crisis. EFE