Merkel hailed for leaving legacy of win-win cooperation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is set to step down after 16 years in office when Germany's new government is formed, has left a legacy of pragmatic and win-win cooperation with China, an approach that is worth inheriting, analysts said.
Merkel received her formal dismissal certificate from German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday and will lead a caretaker government until her successor is sworn in.
Calling Merkel an old friend of the Chinese people, President Xi Jinping, while meeting with her via video link on Oct 13 after Germany held parliamentary elections in September, said that China will keep its door open to her at any time. Merkel did not stand for reelection.
Speaking positively of Merkel's contributions to the development of China-Germany ties and those between China and the European Union, Xi said Merkel is welcome to visit China often. He also expressed his hope that they will be able to communicate face to face again in the future.
Premier Li Keqiang also had a video meeting with Merkel a few days later.
Leaders of China and Germany have maintained frequent communication in recent years, including six phone conversations between Xi and Merkel since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Xi said these exchanges have played a leading role in developing China-Germany ties and China-EU ties.
Merkel has also co-chaired in the past decade all the six rounds of intergovernmental consultation between the two countries, which was initiated in 2011 and has been called a "super engine" driving bilateral cooperation.
At a news briefing on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian praised Merkel for consolidating pragmatic cooperation and friendly exchanges between China and Germany, which has "brought concrete benefits to both countries and their people" and helped promote ties between China and Europe as well as world peace and development.
"We hope the new government of Germany will continue the China policy that is pragmatic and balanced and strengthen cooperation, which is the main tone of

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