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EU-China summit: EU has to do more to change China's calculus on Russia

Europeans will have to do much more than just "talk frankly" if they wish to change China's calculus on Russia. PHOTO: AFP
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LONDON - The European Union's summits with China are usually tightly scripted affairs, with both sides preparing their talking lines carefully and the joint communiques drafted well in advance.

Not this year, however, for the summit between the leaders of the EU and China held via a videoconference on Friday (April 1) benefited from no serious preparation and produced neither a joint statement nor even a joint press conference.

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