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.
The top US trade negotiator has described China's industrial policies as a "very serious problem." US President Donald Trump has accused China of cheating the US economy out of "hundreds of billions of dollars."
Human Rights Watch has accused Beijing of trying to silence Liu Xia, the wife of late Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. In an interview with DW, the group's China director voiced growing concerns for the widow's wellbeing.
Two of the world's biggest trading nations saw both exports and imports cooling lately. While Chinese trade growth in July slowed significantly compared with June, German exporters even suffered a surprise decline.
Intellectual property (IP) is back in focus after US President Trump asked his trade office to look into the issue of China allegedly stealing American technology and IP, and eroding US firms' competitive edge.
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