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Angela Merkel aims to ease China-EU trade row

28 May 2013 Last updated at 04:30 BST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she wants to reach an agreement with China over import tariffs and avoid triggering a damaging trade war.

Earlier China's Premier Li Keqiang had warned he was unhappy with European Union probes into Chinese pricing practices in a number of industries.

The EU wants to levy tariffs on Chinese solar panels and phone gear amid claims they are unfairly undercutting rivals.

Stephen Evans reports from Berlin.