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Merkel's CDU election loss set to complicate Germany-China ties

Beijing's biggest fear is Greens getting foreign minister role

China's President Xi Jinping meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 24, 2018.   © Reuters

HAMBURG, Germany -- The election defeat of the outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union is set to complicate relations between Europe's biggest economy and China.

Merkel's conservative CDU won 196 seats, fewer than the center-left Social Democratic Party's 206. With neither party gaining a majority in the 735-seat Bundestag, Merkel's successor will be crowned after complex coalition negotiations.

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