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08:26, May 19, 2010

Merkel's July visit "new starting point" for China-Germany economic cooperation: Wen

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R Front) meets with German President Horst Koehler (L Front) in Beijing, capital of China, May 18, 2010. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Tuesday he expects the upcoming visit to China by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to be a new starting point in enhanced China-Germany economic cooperation.

Wen made the remarks while meeting with German entrepreneurs and German President Horst Koehler in Beijing.

Merkel will visit China in July, Wen said, adding that he hoped the two countries will cooperate in a tangible way.

Wen met separately with Koehler earlier Tuesday afternoon.

As major manufacturers and trading nations, China and Germany have played active roles in combating the financial crisis, Wen said.

Wen said the world economy is recovering sluggishly.

The sovereign debt crisis in Europe has slowed down the economic recovery, he said, adding that the impact of the crisis is more severe and complicated than people expected.

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