Germany is Beijing's biggest trading partner in Europe, so business deals between the two countries are high on the Chancellor's agenda. Meeting with Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping, she also discussed solutions to the Syrian conflict.
Donald Trump's election as US president has been called "a nail in the coffin of the liberal world order." What can German Chancellor Angela Merkel do to make sure that coffin isn't buried?
China is shoring up its sphere of influence in Southeast Asia through aid and investment. By funding infrastructure and development, China can increase its economic and strategic leverage over poorer neighbors.
French President Macron embraced China's massive "Belt and Road" development project but said that trade must be a two-way street. He said Europe and China needed each other in the future, so they had to work together.
From high-end wine to the new "Silk Road," France and China have agreed to enhance economic relations. For Beijing, that meant providing French companies better access to Chinese markets.
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