Berlin, Apr 28 (EFE) .- German Chancellor Angela Merkel today pleaded with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang for “transparent cooperation” and “mutual recognition” of covid-19 vaccines, and recalled that the battle against the pandemic involves “working together.”
“We can only fight the pandemic if we work together,” said the Foreign Minister, in her opening statement of the bilateral consultations, in virtual format and focused on trade ties, climate change and covid.
Germany and China can play “an important role” there, provided that “open and transparent” cooperation is achieved, including mutual recognition of drugs developed against the coronavirus.
This recognition must materialize “through the World Health Organization” (WHO), he added, and based on its standards.
The German leader and the Chinese prime minister hold this bilateral meeting this Wednesday, which reaches its sixth edition and is held every two years.
The meeting, which formally opened with Merkel’s statement, includes a joint meeting of both executives, according to German government sources on Monday.
The formal topics on the agenda are bilateral cooperation, trade and economic relations, climate change and the fight against covid.
But above these issues they also plan the tensions derived from their opposing positions, especially on Human Rights, the repression of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and the denunciations of NGOs for actions against the Uighur ethnic minority.
In addition to the bilateral meeting between the two heads of government and the joint meeting of both executives, there will also be a meeting with businessmen.
Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a telephone conversation in early April in which they expressed their intention to continue deepening their bilateral ties despite recent tensions.
Both leaders then bet on pragmatism and Merkel advocated maintaining open dialogue, especially on those issues where there are “differences of opinion.”
The EU sanctioned four officials and a Chinese entity on March 22 for human rights violations in Xinjiang, where some reports estimate that up to one million Uyghurs are locked up in re-education camps.
These sanctions, which followed a similar decision by the United States, are the EU’s first against China since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.
Beijing responded in turn by sanctioning ten Europeans, half of them MEPs, and four entities, while summoning the EU ambassador to China, Nicolas Chapuis, to file a formal complaint with Brussels.
(c) EFE Agency