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Germany's Merkel visits Beijing amid debt worries

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in China for talks amid efforts to reassure anxious Chinese leaders Europe is resolving its debt crisis.

world Updated: Feb 02, 2012 08:11 IST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in China for talks amid efforts to reassure anxious Chinese leaders Europe is resolving its debt crisis.

Merkel is due to deliver a speech Thursday at a government think tank and meet Chinese leaders.

German officials say Merkel's goals include reassuring Chinese leaders about the stability of the 17-nation euro area. They said she will brief them on this week's meeting of European leaders, who agreed on a treaty to impose new spending controls.

Merkel is expected to press Beijing to help Western governments pressure Iran to give up a possible nuclear weapons program by buying less Iranian oil. China gets more than 10 percent of its oil imports from Iran and Beijing has rejected an embargo.