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CeBIT showcases China's rise as a high-tech heavyweight

More than 600 Chinese firms attend Hanover fair as Berlin aims to cement its economic ties with Beijing

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Engineers at work as they prepare the Huawei booth at the CeBIT trade fair on Saturday. Alibaba chief Jack Ma will give the keynote address, and companies including Xiaomi and Lenovo will fill over 3,000 square metres of space at the technology fair.

Hanover

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel was later on Sunday set to open a major IT business fair where official partner China showcases its rise as a high-tech power.

Mrs Merkel - who has visited China seven times in a decade - will meet Vice-Premier Ma Kai as more than 600 Chinese