BERLIN (dpa) – Business and political leaders from China and Europe are to meet on Friday in Germany amid growing concerns about the economic outlook for both the Asian powerhouse economy and its European trading partners.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will preside over a joint meeting of their cabinets in Berlin.
About 550 European and Chinese business leaders will gather for a summit in the port city of Hamburg, which has emerged as China’s gateway to Europe.
Li and Merkel are also set to attend a forum aimed at promoting German and Chinese economic and technological co-operation before the former travels to Hamburg to address the business leaders gathered in Germany’s second biggest city.
The joint meeting of 14 Chinese ministers and 12 of their German counterparts will focus on environmental protection, energy saving and innovation in areas such as education and scientific research.
Underlining the recent emphasis on Germany-China ties, Friday’s ministerial meeting comes after Merkel made her seventh official trip to China in July since becoming chancellor in 2005.
Organisers expect the biggest-ever delegation of Chinese companies to attend what is the sixth biennial Hamburg “China meets Europe” summit.
The meetings will be held this year against the backdrop of growing concerns about Europe’s faltering economy and the economic slowdown underway in China.