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Angela Merkel woos China as Donald Trump poses new trade challenge

Merkel faces a delicate balancing act on the China trip,as she seeks to show Chinese-German solidarity over free trade and the Iran nuclear deal without harming German ties with long-term ally US

Reuters  |  Beijing 

China said on Thursday it would “open its door wider” to German businesses, helping visiting Chancellor Angela Merkel defend free commerce and counterbalance trade threats from US President Donald Trump that are testing transatlantic ties. Germany and China, two exporting nations that run large trade surpluses with the US, have found themselves in Trump’s firing line and are scrambling to preserve the rules-based multilateral order on which their prosperity rests. Merkel faces a delicate balancing act on the China trip, her 11th since becoming ...

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First Published: Thu, May 24 2018. 22:38 IST