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EU’s Michel to Meet Xi as Europe Forges Own Path on China

  • Visit follows trip by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Beijing
  • EU’s ties with China strained over Russian invasion of Ukraine
Charles Michel 

Charles Michel 

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European Council President Charles Michel will travel to Beijing on Dec. 1 to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the European Union grapples with how to treat China amid pressure for a tougher approach from the US. 

The EU and Chinese leaders will discuss global challenges as well as subjects of common interest, “against the backdrop of a tense geopolitical and economic environment,” according to a Council statement. The bloc’s relationship with China has been strained by its closer ties to Russia and its refusal to condemn Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.