The US threats of a trade war loomed over Angela Merkel's meeting with the Chinese premier in Berlin. But can rallying around a common economic foe push concerns over protective business practices?
The US has removed tariffs on over 400 Chinese goods after American firms complained that the levies would cause economic hardship. But trade talks between the world's top two economies remain on a delicate footing.
Comparing China and Germany is like comparing apples with oranges, says Megan Chua from Singapore. After living in both countries, she talks about some striking differences between the two nations.
US President Donald Trump has called them the 'highest sanctions ever imposed on a country.' The announcement was made in a wide-ranging press conference with Australian PM Scott Morrison.
The protracted trade dispute between the US and China is affecting other countries as well, Merkel has told the Chinese premier. The German chancellor also stressed that a peaceful solution is needed for Hong Kong.
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