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Xi calls for unity on fighting COVID-19 after EU deal stalls

Chinese leader says playing politics will hamper pandemic response

SHANGHAI -- Chinese President Xi Jinping urged nations at a Europe-led health forum Friday to focus on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic together rather than playing politics, one day after ratification of Beijing's investment deal with the European Union stalled.

The Global Health Summit in Rome was organized by the European Commission and Italy, the current Group of 20 chair.

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