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Merkel Vows to Avert China Trade Row as Li Rejects EU Duties

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she’ll work to resolve a European Union trade dispute with China over complaints that the Chinese solar industry is flooding the global market with cheap products.

Merkel, speaking at a joint press conference with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Berlin yesterday, said that she’ll strive to ensure no permanent tariffs are imposed by the EU on China over its solar products and will work over the next six months for a solution to the dispute. Li said that he “decisively” rejected the imposition of EU duties.