Germany and China are two of the world's top exporters, and economic interests underpin bilateral relations. Criticism over human rights issues is muted at most, with attention focused on trade and investment.
UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has slammed Israel for its treatment of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. He said its response to recent protests was "wholly disproportionate."
Washington and Beijing have agreed on measures to "substantially" reduce the US trade deficit with China after two days of talks. The deal calls for China to start buying more US products.
Beijing has dropped an anti-dumping investigation into US sorghum, in what experts view as a conciliatory gesture aimed at averting a trade war between the two countries during ongoing talks in Washington.
In a bid to save the Iran nuclear accord, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China will meet in Vienna this week. But one major player in the deal will not be attending.
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