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China-EU relations face challenges, Xi tells Germany’s Merkel

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BEIJING/BERLIN: President Xi Jinping instructed German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday that he noticed “numerous challenges” in relations between China and the European Union and hoped the EU may “independently” make appropriate judgements, a Chinese language authorities assertion mentioned.

The assertion quoted Xi as saying throughout a telephone name that the EU and China ought to respect one another and “remove interference”, including that China is keen to work with the worldwide neighborhood to advertise “truthful and affordable distribution” of COVID-19 vaccines and opposes vaccine nationalism.

Final month, the EU imposed its first important sanctions in opposition to Chinese language officers since 1989 over alleged human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang area. Beijing, which denies the allegations, hit again by blacklisting some EU lawmakers and entities.

America, Britain and Canada additionally sanctioned Chinese language officers over Xinjiang, and the row threatens to derail an EU-China funding pact agreed in late 2020 after years of negotiations.

German authorities spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer mentioned Merkel and Xi had mentioned worldwide efforts to supply and distribute COVID-19 vaccines, deepen financial cooperation and steps to guard the local weather and biodiversity.

She mentioned the leaders agreed to deepen bilateral ties in Sino-German authorities consultations deliberate for late April. “The Chancellor burdened the significance of dialogue on the total vary of ties, together with points on which there are totally different opinions,” Demmer mentioned, with out giving particulars of the areas the place Germany and China differ. 

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