Merkel's China visit aimed at bolstering trade ties

Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to embark on a three-day trip to China in a bid to enhance bilateral trade ties and mutu


Category: German Foreign Policy, China

Despite some areas of disagreement, Sino-German ties are currently enjoying their best period ever, said Eberhard Sandschneider. One of the major irritants in the bilateral relationship is China's poor record on human rights. The issue is expected to figure in Merkel's talks with President Xi Jinping, Sandschneider said, noting that "it is part of the strategic dialogue. Although economic issues are the main focus of Merkel's visit, that doesn't mean other topics will disappear from the agenda."

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