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China and EU maintain distance

Barely 15 minutes after China’s leader Xi Jinping met with EU representatives, the Chinese side had already released the first statement with quotes: The People’s Republic hopes that Europe will formulate an independent understanding of China, maintain an independent China policy and jointly advance stable China-EU relations, the statement said. Xi spoke about the Covid pandemic and global economic challenges. The “Ukraine crisis” was only mentioned at the end of the statement.

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