China, European leaders agree to seek fairer trade rules



Sylvie Corbet | AP

PARIS — Leaders of China, France, Germany and the European Commission agreed Tuesday to seek fairer global trade rules and work together to face the world’s economic and security challenges — in an implicit response to the United States’ protectionist policies.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, on a state visit to France, met in Paris Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Discussions at the Elysee presidential palace focused on global challenges and relations between China and Europe.

European countries seek to boost relations with China while also putting pressure over its business practices —amid trade tensions between the United States and both China and the European Union.

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