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.
Both countries' leaders have urged peaceful dialogue as a means to viable political solution to the crisis. But North Korea's leader has defended his nuclear weapons program, saying it ensures peace on the peninsula.
Even after multiple rounds of sanctions, Pyongyang is continuing to provoke the international community with weapons testing. China and the US face bad options, and each other, in creating a united front.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping says US President Donald Trump should exercise restraint in the North Korea crisis. Trump said Friday the US military was "locked and loaded," as Pyongyang accused him of war mongering.
China's President Xi Jinping was greeted with full military honors when he arrived in Berlin. Talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel focused on cooperation ahead of a visit to the zoo to welcome two pandas sent from China.
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