Chinese Premier Li Keqiang welcomes German Chancellor in Beijing

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:28 GMT, Jun 13, 2016 |

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended an official welcome ceremony with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Monday (June 13) on the second day of her trip to China.

Merkel kicked off her three-day visit to the country on Sunday (June 12), at the invitation of Keqiang, amid growing pressure from industry and rights groups to confront the Chinese more forcefully.

Li held a welcome ceremony for the Merkel where the two inspected the guard of honours at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Monday morning.

Merkel and Li are expected to attend a signing ceremony and joint news briefing after bilateral meeting.

Merkel is also scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping later on Monday.