China has strived to conclude an agreement with European Council President Donald Tusk (left) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo: AP

China, EU leaders’ plan for joint statement in Brussels hits snag over market access row, EU sources say

  • Two sides said to be at odds over extent to which access to China’s market should be improved
  • Months of talks have focused on the wording of a possible joint statement during Premier Li Keqiang’s visit
Topic |   China-EU relations

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China has strived to conclude an agreement with European Council President Donald Tusk (left) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo: AP
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A centrepiece of Xi Jinping’s visit to Europe last month was the signing up of Italy to Beijing’s “Belt and Road Initiative” – a move which raised eyebrows among EU leaders. Photo: EPA-EFE

China will not divide Europe, senior diplomat says

  • As Chinese Premier Li Keqiang prepares to visit Europe, Beijing moves to address concerns about its intentions
  • Trip will include Brussels and Croatia
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A centrepiece of Xi Jinping’s visit to Europe last month was the signing up of Italy to Beijing’s “Belt and Road Initiative” – a move which raised eyebrows among EU leaders. Photo: EPA-EFE
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