Germany and China sign deals, lobby against US trade tariffs
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang stressed their commitment to a multilateral trade system Monday in the wake of Washington's decision to impose widespread tariffs, saying it was to everyone's benefit.
Speaking in Berlin after the two countries signed deals worth 20 billion euros ($23.6 billion), Li told reporters the projects demonstrated how nations could work together.
In addition to multiple joint cooperation projects between governmental agencies, companies like BASF, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, Siemens and Bosch announced deals and partnerships.
"Free trade plays a strong leading role for both sides and for the world economy," Li said through an interpreter in the Berlin chancellery.
On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressuring companies to hand over technology. China announced retaliatory tariffs on a similar amount of U.S. goods.
Trump has also imposed tariffs on aluminum and steel imports that include the European Union, and has threatened additional tariffs on products like automobiles, singling out Germany in particular.
Bavaria-based automaker BMW has already been caught in the middle of escalating trade strife between the U.S. and China, saying Monday it would have to raise prices on SUVs it builds in the U.S. that it exports to China, after Beijing raised the import tax on cars from the United States to 40 percent from 15 percent.
"We have a lot of direct investment in the United States of America, we have a lot of direct investment in China," Merkel said.
"It really is a multilateral interdependent system that at its best most likely is really a plurilateral win-win situation when we stick to the rules."
She also applauded China for relaxing rules on foreign investment, saying that it was important to see "the market opening in China in this area is not only words, but is also being followed by deeds."
In one deal finalized on Monday, Chinese firm CATL announced that it would build a factory in the German state of Thuringia to build batteries to supply to BMW for use in electric cars.
BMW said it had agreed to purchase 4 billion euros worth of batteries, with 1.5 billion euros of sales in Germany and 2.5 billion in China.
Merkel said the company brings a product and technology to Germany that wasn't previously available.
She added, however: "If we could do it ourselves, I'd also not be sad."
This is how Trump makes America great again? LOL
He's a Russian minion, his mission is to cripple the USA and he's allowed to keep some profit for doing it
I still don't understand how Putin has so much influence, Russia is not a economic power house, what leverage does Putin have over Trump and some British politicians?
None. People just love to blame others instead of dealing with the mess they created
It's bullshit from americans who refuse to admit they elected a retard, don't buy it. They're so proud of their flawed culture they try hard to remain blind to its flaws.
I'd prefer if he tried making America great for once. Or even half decent for once. That'd be a start.
This is standard stuff for state visits; Trump didn’t make it happen.
Headline is sensational, as is the reaction to it. China remains the worst offender on this front, and confronting them about it remains in anyone’s best interests
you'll see, dude. Chinas economy is dependant on export to the US. This lobbying is not gonna go on for long.
Trump uniting the world.
But leaving USA out of it, for the greater good.
I accept that.
Me too.The ultimate solution.
We don't need warmongers as friends anyway.