With a population of 1.3 billion the People's Republic of China is the most populous country in the world. It has developped into an economic superpower.
China is one of Germany's top trading Partners. The PRC has a one-party system and is governed by the Chinese Communist Party.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas finished his trip to China looking ahead to Germany's seat on the UN Security Council beginning in 2019. He said arms control was a particular challenge for both countries to tackle.
Despite warnings from China that Germany should not interfere in its internal affairs, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on Beijing to be transparent about the human rights conflict surrounding the Uighur Muslims.
Move over Black Friday. China's popular Singles Day has passed the US consumer extravaganza to become the world's biggest day in shopping. Held annually on November 11 - hence the name, which refers to the two ones in the date - the shopping bonanza brought in another record amount this year. But there are signs that sales on the date are beginning to slow.
The US does not want a "Cold War" policy towards China, US top diplomat Mike Pompeo said at a high-level summit with Chinese officials in Washington. The two sides traded blows over militarization in the South China Sea.