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Germany's Merkel arrives in China with trade topping agenda

Published on Jul 6, 2014 4:36 PM
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks out of the aircraft as she arrives at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, Sichuan province, early on Sunday, July 6, 2014. Dr Merkel arrived in China on Sunday for her seventh visit since 2005, with economic ties topping the agenda and a high-powered business delegation in tow. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in China on Sunday for her seventh visit since 2005, with economic ties topping the agenda and a high-powered business delegation in tow.

Merkel touched down early Sunday in the southwestern city of Chengdu, where she met local officials, visited a market and toured a factory operated by German car manufacturer Volkswagen.

Merkel is due to arrive later Sunday in Beijing, where she will wrap up the first day of the three-day visit by meeting Premier Li Keqiang for dinner at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

For the EU's biggest economy, China is a crucial mass market. Chinese companies want its technology and millions of newly prosperous citizens crave German goods ranging from Audi sedans to luxury home appliances.

 
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