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German Chancellor Merkel vows to lobby EU to avoid trade spat with China over solar panels

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, welcomes the Prime Minister of China Li Keqiang for a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (The Associated Press)

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    The Prime Minister of China , Li Keqiang waves after making a statement to the press outside of the Cecilienhof Castle in Potsdam, Germany, Sunday May 26, 2013. The Chinese Premier is on his first official visit to Germany and will meet with Chancellor Merkel later today. (AP Photo/dpa,Marc Tirl) (The Associated Press)

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, welcomes the Prime Minister of China Li Keqiang for a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (The Associated Press)

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center foreground, and the Prime Minister of China, Li Keqiang, center behind Merkel, wait during the welcoming ceremony prior to for a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (The Associated Press)

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, welcomes the Prime Minister of China Li Keqiang, right, for a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (The Associated Press)

Germany's chancellor says she will use her country's economic clout to hinder the European Union from imposing punitive tariffs on some Chinese products to avoid a trade war.

Angela Merkel told visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday that she will lobby for "intense talks" between the EU and China to seek a negotiated solution as swiftly as possible.

The European Commission, the 27-nation bloc's executive arm, is proposing anti-dumping duties for Chinese solar panel imports. If agreed, China could retaliate by imposing tariffs on other goods.

Li sharply criticized the EU's approach, saying through an interpreter "it sends a wrong signal because we want to fight protectionism together."

He says China hopes talks between Beijing and Brussels can still avoid a trade standoff and yield "an amicable solution."