German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to China Wednesday to bolster the country's trade ties with China, leaving a growing storm behind at home over her stance on Europe's migrant crisis.
Merkel's mission to China comes hot on the heels of a trade boon for the U.K. last week after Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the country in which $62 billion worth of deals were sealed. French President Francois Hollande will also travel to China on Sunday for a two-day state visit.
Germany is China's largest European Union trading partner, with German foreign direct investment in China totaling 48 billion euros, according to the German Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, bilateral trade reached a record high of 154 billion euros ($235.5 billion).