German Chancellor concludes China visit

Updated: 2012-02-04 13:21


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GUANGZHOU - German Chancellor Angela Merkel left South China's Guangdong province on Saturday, concluding her fifth official visit to China since taking office.

During her three-day trip, Merkel met with Chinese President Hu Jintao and top legislator Wu Bangguo in Beijing respectively. She also held talks with Premier Wen Jiabao.

After her stop in Beijing, she visited Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong, where she and Premier Wen attended a trade seminar for Chinese and German businessmen, and visited the Chinese branch of Herrenknecht AG, a leading German manufacturer of tunnel-drilling machines.

China is the first country Merkel visited this year outside Europe, while she is the first foreign leader China receives in the Lunar New Year of the Dragon.