CHINA Brilliant results achieved with China-German relations: German ambassador to China


Brilliant results achieved with China-German relations: German ambassador to China

By Zhang Jian | People's Daily app

22:36, March 29, 2019

We have achieved brilliant results, built mutual trust and enhanced mutual understanding over the past 40 years of China’s reform and opening-up, said the German ambassador to China Clemens von Goetze when talking about China-German relations during a speech he delivered at Peking University on Thursday.


German ambassador to China Clemens von Goetze delivers a speech at Peking University on Thursday. (Photos: Courtesy of Hutazi)

Goetze visited Peking University at the invitation of the Center for German Studies of the university on Thursday afternoon, after he took office as German ambassador to China last September.

Huang Liaoyu, director of the Center for German Studies of the Peking University, hosted the ambassador’s speech. He said that Goetze was “an experienced diplomat with more than 30 years in diplomacy.”

During Goetze’s diplomatic career, he has been to China many times and has been paying attention to China, said Huang.

Goetze looked back on the long-standing friendly relations between China and Germany during his speech with the theme of “Germany and China in the Fifth Decade of the Reform and Opening-Up Policy.”

China and Germany established formal diplomatic ties in 1972.

He said that the two countries’ relations have developed rapidly after the Chinese government adopted the reform and opening-up policy.

“Our relations have developed to a new level with diversity and high density. Relations between the two sides have developed into true partnerships,” said Goetze, adding that the two countries are important global trading partners for each other.

The ambassador said that cooperation between the two countries is becoming more and more important in the face of more and more uncertain factors, international crises and global challenges.

Regular bilateral high-level consultations, dynamic trade relations, environmental protection and cooperation in the fields of culture, education and science and technology have promoted the continuous development of bilateral relations, said Goetze.

When talking about cultural and academic exchanges, Goetze believes that the development of colleges and universities and academic progress play an important role in the all-round development of society.

Peking University has established close cooperative relations with more than 30 German universities.

Goetze hoped to further promote the cooperation and exchanges between the universities of the two countries. “We also hope to strengthen communication with the younger generation,” said Goetze.

He said that to further promote the communication and exchanges between the younger generations of the two countries will directly affect the mutual trust and understanding between the two countries in the fifth decade of the reform and opening-up.

Goetze had an in-depth communication with faculty and students of the Peking University after the speech.

Hosted by the German Studies Center of Peking University and the Department of German of the School of Foreign Languages of Peking University, Goetze’s speech is the first one in the “Chinese and Foreign Ambassadors Edition” of the Great Learning Series at Peking University, a brand-new and high-end international speech brand created by the university.

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