German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged, during a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, to avoid a trade dispute between China and the EU over Chinese telecom products and solar panels. Earlier, Premier Li had said he was unhappy with European Union probes into Chinese pricing practices in a number of industries. As they tend to corner the market, the EU plans to impose duties on Chinese panel makers. Chancellor Merkel now wants "intense" talks between the EU and China. Merkel said Germany would do everything it could to prevent the trade dispute from escalating to the point where the European Commission imposed import duties on Chinese panel makers. "Germany will do what it can so that there are no permanent import duties and we'll try to clear things up as quickly as possible," Merkel told reporters after a meeting with Li in Berlin. "We don't believe that this will help us so we want to use the next six months intensively."
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