Merkel and German business delegation in Beijing to meet Chinese leaders

German Chancellor Angela Merkel together with a large business delegation has arrived in Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders.

On her seventh visit to China as chancellor, Merkel will meet Premier Li Keqiang on Monday morning, then attend a meeting of the China-Germany Economic and Trade Commission. In the evening, she will meet with President Xi Jinping, who visited Berlin in March.

Merkel touched down Sunday in Chengdu city in southwest China, where she met members of a German-Chinese dialogue forum and visited a Volkswagen plant.

China and Germany, two of the world's leading exporters, had a bilateral trade volume last year of 140.4 billion euros ($193 billion) — making China Germany's No. 3 trade partner, ahead of the United States.