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Germany: EU-China trade war on the agenda as Chinese Premier comes to Berlin01:13

Germany: EU-China trade war on the agenda as Chinese Premier comes to Berlin

Germany, Berlin
May 26, 2013 at 18:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: EU-China trade war on the agenda as Chinese Premier comes to Berlin

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel before the two began discussing the potential trade war poised to erupt between China and the EU, and how Germany could help to hinder it. Merkel and Li first spoke with students from both countries before having a private discussion.

Merkel said that she would use Germany's economic power to prevent the EU from imposing punitive tariffs on certain Chinese goods to avoid creating a trade war. The main concern is if the European Commission imposes the anti-dumping duties on solar panel imports from China that it has proposed, the Chinese could potentially react by imposing tariffs on other goods, thus setting off a costly trade war. Li emphasised that a stable euro is beneficial to the entire world, and that China has offered to aid the EU throughout the crisis.

Li and Merkel also arranged the "Chinese-German Year of Languages" to support bilingual language acquisition and cultural cooperation between the two nations. Other topics discussed privately between the two included urbanisation, food security, media exchange, recycling and urbanisation. Li additionally invited German journalists to visit China.

It was Li's first visit to Berlin on Sunday since his appointment. Germany is the only EU country on Li's itinerary, on a trip which also included visits to India, Pakistan and Switzerland.

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Germany: EU-China trade war on the agenda as Chinese Premier comes to Berlin

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel before the two began discussing the potential trade war poised to erupt between China and the EU, and how Germany could help to hinder it. Merkel and Li first spoke with students from both countries before having a private discussion.

Merkel said that she would use Germany's economic power to prevent the EU from imposing punitive tariffs on certain Chinese goods to avoid creating a trade war. The main concern is if the European Commission imposes the anti-dumping duties on solar panel imports from China that it has proposed, the Chinese could potentially react by imposing tariffs on other goods, thus setting off a costly trade war. Li emphasised that a stable euro is beneficial to the entire world, and that China has offered to aid the EU throughout the crisis.

Li and Merkel also arranged the "Chinese-German Year of Languages" to support bilingual language acquisition and cultural cooperation between the two nations. Other topics discussed privately between the two included urbanisation, food security, media exchange, recycling and urbanisation. Li additionally invited German journalists to visit China.

It was Li's first visit to Berlin on Sunday since his appointment. Germany is the only EU country on Li's itinerary, on a trip which also included visits to India, Pakistan and Switzerland.