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German companies clinch Chinese deals at Merkel-Li meeting

Siemens, BASF and VW among those reaching agreements

A string of bilateral corporate partnerships were reached at the July 9 meeting of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang in Berlin.   © Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) -- German companies signed a raft of agreements with Chinese partners at a meeting of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday, according to a document seen by Reuters.

Chemicals giant BASF agreed with the government of Guangdong province on a plan for a new site in China, and business software maker SAP struck a strategic cooperation agreement with Suning Holdings Group, the document showed.

Siemens agreed with China's State Power Investment Co on joint development of a high-performance gas turbine, and with Alibaba Cloud Computing on a cooperation on an Internet of Things platform, it said.

Also, carmaker BMW struck a deal with China's Brilliance Group to expand their joint venture, while Volkswagen and China's Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a joint research and development centre and a car platform.

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