China looks to Merkel visit to boost "mutual trust" amid global trade concerns

China looks to Merkel visit to boost "mutual trust" amid global trade concerns

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit China next week, Chinese officials said on Friday, at a time of rising global concern about protectionist trade measures undermining growth.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a news conference at the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a news conference at the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

BEIJING: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit China next week, Chinese officials said on Friday, at a time of rising global concern about protectionist trade measures undermining growth.

Merkel will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang during the May 24-25 visit, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular briefing in Beijing.

Merkel's visit would "further increase mutual political trust," Lu said, although he did not say what would be discussed.

Chinese-German relations had been "developing well in recent years," he added.

In a phone conversation in March, Merkel and Xi underscored the importance of multilateral cooperation on global trade, following a shift away from multilateral action by the United States.

Merkel's trip will include a stop in the southern city of Shenzhen, home to several major technology companies.

(Reporting by Michael Martina; Writing by Christian Shepherd; Editing by Darren Schuettler)

Source: Reuters

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