Li Keqiang kicked off a weeklong tour through Europe with his second visit to Germany as premier. Upon his arrival, Li attended the German-Chinese forum for economic and technological cooperation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and later, the two went for a casual stroll through the supermarket with their fleet of security personnel trailing behind.
During the forum, Li said that China has the conditions and capability to reach an economic growth of around 7.5 percent this year. He also reaffirmed Beijing’s commitment to the opening-up policy, stressing that this policy is aimed at mutual benefits and should bring results not only to China, but to the whole world.
The trip will also take Premier Li to the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit in Milan, Italy. Analysts have said that Li’s attendance of these summits is a response to the United State’s focus on Asia, attempting to turn China’s economic powers into diplomatic influence.
Chinese media reported that the German chancellor took Li out shopping in a local supermarket after the consultations, introducing him to food products and recommending a postcard for him to send to his family.
Relive the wild excursion in pictures below (you’re welcome).
Let’s hope we’ll get to see some Oktoberfest-themed pictures of these two bonding over a ’Bierkrug’ or two!
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By Evelien van der Veer