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Merkel to Seek China as Free-Trade Ally on Beijing Trip

  • German chancellor to meet Xi, other leaders on May 24
  • China has been Germany’s biggest trading partner since 2016
Angela Merkel
Angela MerkelPhotographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she’ll renew efforts to enlist China as an ally on free trade when she visits leaders including President Xi Jinping in Beijing next week.

It’ll be Merkel’s first trip to the world’s second-biggest economy since she began her fourth term in March. While Europe and China have points of friction from investment reciprocity to human rights, they’re finding common cause in rebuffing U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff threats against both.