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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

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