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Merkel and Xi focus on trade, urging cross-border investments

German chancellor calls for peaceful resolution of Hong Kong protests

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought greater Chinese investment in her country as she visited Beijing on Sept. 6.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel encouraged Chinese companies to invest in her country during a visit to Beijing on Friday, and China's leaders reciprocated with a similar call to Germany's businesses.

"We welcome investments by all Chinese enterprises in Germany," Merkel said at the top of her meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The chancellor expressed hope that such spending would jump-start the economy back home.

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