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Germany's Scholz treads carefully in China visit as Xi seeks legitimacy

Berlin struggles to find right distance with its most important market

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Nov. 4.   © Pool photo/Reuters

BEIJING/MUNSTER, Germany -- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's visit to Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing shows how both sides are groping their way toward a relationship while avoiding political land mines like Taiwan and human rights.

"You're the first European leader to visit since the Communist Party congress" in October, Xi told Scholz as they kicked off their meeting Friday.

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