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International relations

EU and China enter war of words after tit-for-tat sanctions

French scholar called 'mad hyena' by Beijing's embassy in Paris

The European Union and China are embroiled in a vicious war of words.   © Reuters

PARIS -- Tensions between the European Union and China rose sharply this week over the imposition of tit-for-tat sanctions and the opening round of a potential war of words.

The French foreign ministry summoned Chinese ambassador Lu Shaye, and Beijing's embassy in Paris insulted scholars and demanded a member of parliament to cancel a trip to Taiwan.

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