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EU to update strategy on 'rival' China at summit next week

Brussels urges cooperation on Iran deal and climate change but caution on 5G

European officials met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing in July 2018. The EU is updating its China strategy to account for Beijing's growing clout and ambition.   © Reuters

BRUSSELS -- The European Union will revise its official approach to China in summit meetings here next week, after its executive body named Beijing a "systemic rival" in a Tuesday memo.

The communication, geared to jump-start discussions at the March 21-22 European Council, outlined 10 suggested points of action on China, including ensuring security for the fifth generation of mobile networks and thoroughly screening foreign direct investment in the EU.

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