On her trip to China, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has signed a deal to sell 100 helicopters from European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Merkel also toured the home province of Chinese premier Li Keqiang and visited the University of Hefei.
A large order of Airbus planes from China appears likely as French President Emmanuel Macron ends his visit in Beijing. French farmers have also hailed a deal to end China's 2001 embargo on French beef.
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.
Angela Merkel and half her cabinet are in the Chinese capital for the kind of government consultations that Germany only has with a handful of democratic countries. Dagmar Engel reports.
Stringent international sanctions imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict have sucked the momentum out of the Russian economy over the past couple of years. The nation's growth prospects remain lethargic.
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