China News Service, January 13 (Reporter Peng Dawei) Chinese Ambassador to Germany Wu Ken said in an interview with German media recently that on the one hand, China is and will continue to improve the level of opening up, on the other hand, Germany maintains positive expectations for the opening of the Chinese market. Against the background of uncertain prospects for global economic recovery, this optimistic market atmosphere shows that China's level of opening to the outside world has won the recognition of German companies.
Wu Ken made the above remarks in an interview with the German Civil Service Daily a few days ago.
A reporter from the newspaper asked that the Chinese market will continue to be open to German companies, allow more political and economic participation, and improve intellectual property protection, all of which are in the interests of Germany.
To what extent can China do that?
Wu Ken responded that, on the one hand, we are and will continue to improve the level of openness.
China has entered the third year of implementing the "Regulations on Optimizing the Business Environment" and the Foreign Investment Law, and has adopted a series of real measures such as the continuous reduction of the negative list for market access, the negative list for foreign investment access, and the orderly promotion of the opening up of the financial industry to the outside world. Policy.
In terms of patent protection, China is already a big country of intellectual property rights, and the protection of intellectual property rights is also China's own needs.
According to a report by the World Intellectual Property Organization early last year, China's international patent applications in 2020 ranked first in the world for the second consecutive year.
According to the latest Global Innovation Index 2021, China has risen to 12th place in the world in terms of innovation and is the only middle-income economy among the top 30 in the world.
The Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China pointed out that reform and opening up is a key move that determines the future and destiny of contemporary China.
"Opening up is the 'code' for China to create an economic miracle, and insisting on expanding opening up is not an option for China, but a must."
On the other hand, Germany maintains positive expectations for the opening of the Chinese market.
Wu Ken pointed out that China has become Germany's largest trading partner in the world for the fifth consecutive year.
A poll by the German Chamber of Commerce in China shows that most German companies are optimistic about their business in China. More than 70% of companies plan to increase investment in China, nearly 60% of companies expect their profits to increase, and 96% of companies say they have no plans to withdraw from China. .
Against the background of the uncertain prospects for global economic recovery, this optimistic market atmosphere shows that China's level of opening to the outside world has won the recognition of German companies.
"The China-EU investment agreement reached at the end of last year could have better promoted and guaranteed the investment cooperation between enterprises of both sides. Unfortunately, this issue has been artificially set up with political obstacles."
Talking about China's recent measures to strengthen supervision, Wu Ken emphasized that this is aimed at the violation of laws and regulations by relevant companies abusing their monopoly position to harm competition, innovation and consumer interests, which is conducive to creating broad opportunities for various market players, especially small and medium-sized enterprises. The development space is also conducive to better protection of consumer rights.
"I also noticed that in recent years, the EU has also explored and advocated strengthening the standardized supervision of large digital enterprises."
Wu Ken said that 2021 is the first year of China's "14th Five-Year Plan", and we are actively building a new development pattern with the domestic cycle as the main body and the domestic and international dual cycles promoting each other, upholding innovation, coordination, green, openness and sharing. China's new development concept, promote common prosperity in high-quality development, focus on solving the existing problems such as regional disparities, urban-rural gaps, and widening income distribution gaps, and strive to make development achievements more and more equitably benefit all people.