China Promises Not to Divide EU at Eastern Europe summit



Deutsche Welle

China’s premier has vowed to respect European Union trade rules, amid fears about preferential treatment for some entities. Brussels is worried Beijing — present at a summit of eastern states — could divide the bloc.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday said that China would “cooperate and respect European standards” at the opening of the eighth annual summit on cooperation between Beijing and eastern European countries in Croatia.

Before a breakthrough earlier this week, leading EU member states — including Germany and France — had expressed concerns that Beijing may attempt to divide the bloc with its separate summit focusing on relations with Europe’s eastern states.

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