China-EU deal close

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

BER­LIN: China and Ger­many have agreed to speed up ne­go­ti­a­tions on a China-EU in­vest­ment agree­ment, vis­it­ing Chi­nese Premier Li Ke­qiang and German Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel said yes­ter­day.

The in­vest­ment deal will ben­e­fit the two-way open­ing-up of the Chi­nese and EU mar­kets and pro­mote trade lib­er­al­i­sa­tion and in­vest­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tion, Li said.

Merkel said the sign­ing of the treaty would be a good start for ne­go­ti­a­tions on an EU-China free trade agree­ment.

Ber­lin is the first leg of Li’s Europe tour. He is set to visit Brussels to meet EU lead­ers. Xin­hua

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