China is ready to open up new sectors of its economy to German investors, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday, in comments that highlight Beijing’s drive for a special bilateral partnership with Berlin bypassing the EU.
“If we both come together in an ideal and optimal way, a dream team will emerge,” Li told representatives of German business during a visit to Berlin, his first to a European Union capital since becoming premier in March.
Li urged closer cooperation in manufacturing — an area where German firms increasingly see China as a competitor as it moves up the value chain — and he singled out logistics, education and healthcare as sectors for German investment.
“China is willing to open up this space preferentially to Germany,” said Li, an economist, without elaborating.
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