German president leaves China on commercial flight

September 8th, 2008 - 3:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Sep 8 (DPA) German President Horst Koehler left China Monday on board a commercial Air China flight because of technical problems with his German air force plane.The Airbus Konrad Adenauer could not be repaired in time, forcing Koehler and his 50-member delegation to fly to Frankfurt with the commercial airline.

During his three-day visit to Beijing, Koehler attended the opening of the Paralympics, the Olympic games for athletes with disabilities.

The German president said he wanted to send a sign of encouragement for the integration of the physically disabled into society.

Koehler met his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, Sunday and the two countries agreed to further promote relations.

“Sino-German ties have developed soundly thanks to the concerted efforts of the two sides,” Hu said.

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