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France, Germany play safe during China Premier Li's European trip

EU powers pursue uncontroversial public agenda with Beijing's new No. 2

Chinese Premier Li Qiang toured Europe this week, meeting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron. (Source photos by AP) 

HAMBURG, Germany -- Chinese Premier Li Qiang avoided public clashes on a high-profile visit to Germany and France this week, in what analysts see as a sign of the European nations' reluctance to alienate Beijing.

Li's closely watched first overseas trip since becoming his country's No. 2 leader in March is viewed as highlighting German fears about exposure to the Chinese economy and France's will to cooperate with Beijing where possible.

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