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Europe's view on EU-China summit: No major results amid disagreements

Despite high hopes, nothing new came out of summit apart from agreement to talk further

LONDON • A summit between the European Union and China, initially billed as the most consequential of its kind this year, has produced no major results, apart from intensified EU demands on Beijing to open up its markets and improve China's record on human rights.

"In the last 15 years, China has become much stronger economically and this means that the demand for reciprocity - for a level playing field - is of course very justified today," German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU for the rest of this year, told the media after the virtual summit concluded on Monday night.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2020, with the headline 'No major results amid disagreements'. Print Edition | Subscribe