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Xi calls for closer EU ties in push against 'systemic rival' label

Chinese leader urges 'opening-up' and 'multilateralism' in online summit

China's President Xi Jinping takes part in a virtual summit on Sept. 14 with European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called for closer cooperation with his counterparts in the European Union amid growing distrust of Beijing in the bloc.

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