Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday that he hoped China-Germany people-to-people exchanges would advance bilateral ties and China-Europe relations.
Xi made the remarks in a congratulatory message to the first meeting of the China-Germany people-to-people exchange dialogue, held Wednesday in Beijing.
Hailing the long-lasting friendship and the deepened pragmatic cooperation since the two countries established diplomatic relations 45 years ago, Xi noted the bilateral ties had entered a mature development phase.
"Cooperation in people-to-people exchanges in recent years has pulled the hearts of the two peoples closer," Xi said.
Xi hopes that the China-Germany people-to-people exchange dialogue will help enrich communication, widen exchange and deepen cooperation between the two countries.