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European 'naivete' on China is over, Macron says

Italy's overtures toward Beijing raise alarm bells in EU

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to reporters in Brussels on March 22 after a meeting of European leaders.   © Reuters

BRUSSELS/BEIJING -- French President Emmanuel Macron declared an end to the European Union's naive relations with China on Friday, saying the bloc needs a unified strategy instead of individual national policies.

"The time of European naivete is over," Macron told reporters in Brussels after a joint meeting of European leaders.

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