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At a meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on May 26 in Berlin, Angela Merkel declared that “Germany will do its utmost to avoid controversy that will result in tit-for-tat increases in customs tariffs,” reports Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Li was adamant in his rejection of “anti-dumping procedures” announced by the European Commission, which would impose a tax on Chinese solar panels and telecommunications equipment.

The daily explains that Germany aims to act as a mediator at an informal encounter between Chinese and EU officials on May 27 in Brussels.