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Europe-China summit gets off to precarious start

Substantial progress in the balance given EU assertiveness, Beijing's hardening of stance

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (right) shakes hands with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang after their meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels, on April 9, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives in Brussels today for the annual China-European Union summit, which promises to be the trickiest so far.

Officials bill the event as "an important opportunity to cement ties" between two partners bound by €1 billion (S$1.5 billion) worth of trade each day.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2019, with the headline 'Europe-China summit gets off to precarious start'. Print Edition | Subscribe