- Title: Merkel hopes China-U.S. trade problems will be over soon
- Date: 6th September 2019
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (SEPTEMBER 6, 2019) (AGENCY POOL) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL AND CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG SITTING OFFICIALS FROM BOTH SIDES SHAKING HANDS FOR SIGNING CEREMONY OFFICIALS TAKING SEATS OFFICIALS EXCHANGING DOCUMENTS / OFFICIALS STANDING AND SHAKING HANDS MERKEL AND LI LEAVING ECONOMIC MEETING IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "We have both - the Chinese Premier and I - have a basic interest in our economy showing that we are jointly progressing, but that we also are bound to a multilateral system. And we want to continue to develop this multilateral system and we hope it manages to bring the negotiations with the United States of America to an end. That would be good for all of us." (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG, SAYING: "German side should meet (China) half way and loosen the (rules of) Chinese companies to enter the German side. You are complying with Chinese laws, and we also abide by German laws. We are not only hoping it loosens the access, but I also hope that you will open up exports of high-tech products to China." OFFICIALS CLAPPING HANDS VARIOUS OF LI AND MERKEL TAKING GROUP PICTURES WITH OFFICIALS IN THE CHINESE AND GERMAN DIALOGUE FORUM
- Embargoed: 20th September 2019 11:15
- Keywords: Angela Merkel Li Keqiang meeting trade
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Government/Politics,International Trade
- Reuters ID: LVA001AVIPZ5Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the start of a visit to Beijing on Friday (September 6) that the China-U.S. trade war affects the whole world and that she hopes it will be resolved soon.
Germany's firms have been caught in the crossfire of a U.S.-China trade conflict, its economy contracted on weaker exports in the second quarter, and leading economists say it is facing a recession.
But while U.S. President Donald Trump has pressed American companies to look at ways to close their Chinese operations and make more of their products at home, Merkel wants to start a new phase in the European Union's relations with China.
"we want to continue to develop this multilateral system and we hope it manages to bring the negotiations with the United States of America to an end. That would be good for all of us." Merkel told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at Beijing's Great Hall of the People during a two-day trip to China.
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