'A new starting point': EU and Chinese leaders begin talks


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'A new starting point': EU and Chinese leaders begin talks
Both Macron and von der Leyen have said they want to persuade China to use its influence over Russia to bring peace in Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen began a series of meetings with Chinese leaders in Beijing on Thursday, talks that could set a new course for the bloc's relations with China after years of strained ties.

Newly appointed Premier Li Qiang greeted Macron at the Great Hall of the People, a cavernous building west of Tiananmen Square often used for ceremonial events, ahead of summits with President Xi Jinping later in the day.

Li then met von der Leyen who, ahead of her first trip to China since taking office as European Commission president in 2019, said Europe must "de-risk" diplomatically and economically with a hardening China.

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