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Merkel & Wen Discuss Economic Issues

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao agreed to expand economic ties during a day-long meeting in Berlin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, in Berlin

Six agreements were signed by officials and business leaders, including one on stronger cooperation on climate change as well as business deals for the German companies ThyssenKrupp and Daimler. Merkel also appealed to Wen for China to resume talks with the envoys of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader.

Wen's visit is seen by many in Berlin as a normalisation of relations that were chilled by the German chancellor's meeting with the Dalai Lama in 2007.

Wen's stop in Germany is the second stage of his European tour that took him to Switzerland for the World Economic Forum in Davos, and will see him travel to EU headquarters in Brussels as well as to Spain and Britain.

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  • Date 28.01.2009
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  • Date 28.01.2009
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