China and Germany holds strategic dialogues on Diplomatic and Security affairs

BERLIN: The first session of the Chinese-German strategic dialogue on diplomatic and security affairs was held here on Saturday. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier held in-depth talks on Saturday over a series of bilateral and international issues of common concerns. Addressing a following joint press conference, Wang, who flew to Berlin together with his German counterpart after busy talks on Syria peace process in New York, said the China-Germany relations have gone beyond the bilateral scope regarding their impacts. Holding the first session of Chinese-German strategic dialogue on diplomatic and security affairs, he noted, is a reflection of the all-round and high-level bilateral ties. The two sides, Wang added, should continue to maintain high-level exchanges, enrich the strategic connotation of bilateral cooperation, and promote cooperation within the framework of China's "Belt and Road" initiative as well as exchanges in areas such as industrial innovation. Steinmeier said the two sides agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in various fields, to promote exchanges and cooperation on regional issues by holding regular dialogues, and to collaborate more closely with each other in tackling current crises. (Xinhua)