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Ukraine war

EU warns China against 'interfering with Russian sanctions'

Xi calls on Brussels to adopt independent policy toward Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen take part in the virtual China-EU summit on Friday.    © Reuters

LONDON -- EU leaders warned China against interfering with the West's efforts to sanction Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, in a summit on Friday that Brussels characterized as "not business as usual."

The war in Ukraine dominated the virtual summit, the first meeting between Beijing leaders and their EU counterparts since the conflict began. While the EU side tried to press China to cooperate in pressuring Moscow, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a swipe at the pressure campaign against China, urging Brussels to adopt an "independent policy" toward Beijing. 

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