German chancellor Angela Merkel is in Beijing for a two-day visit expected to focus on the eurzone crisis, Iran and Syria. Accompanied by a 20 strong trade delegation, she is scheduled to meet President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.
On the agenda: the latest with Iran and their nuclear program; the eighth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan; China Premier Wen Jiabao's visit with Kim Jong Il in North Korea; and the Supreme Court's new term with new Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is in Beijing for a two-day visit to meet with top Chinese government officials, He is there to reassure his Chinese hosts they they need not worry about the $770 billion they've invested in U.S. treasuries.
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said today that he's worried about the safety of the the U.S. Treasury Department's large holdings and other debt. HJoining The Takeaway to discuss the prime minister's remarks is BBC correspondent James Reynolds.
China's economic growth is cooling and a spending plan has not convinced everyone that the nation can bounce back. Premier Wen Jiabao recently said that 2009 may be China's most difficult year for economic development since the start of the 21st century.
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