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EU Tells Xi That China Must Show Investment Deal Worthwhile

  • Three EU leaders hold video conference with China’s Xi Jinping
  • The ball is in the Chinese court, European side insists
Charles Michel, right, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel and Xi Jinping hold a video conference on Sept. 14.
Charles Michel, right, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel and Xi Jinping hold a video conference on Sept. 14.Photographer: Yves Herman/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
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The European Union stepped up demands on China to open its market further to foreign investors, seeking to keep alive a goal for a far-reaching agreement this year even as disagreements over human right issues could fuel uncertainty.

Following a video conference that brought together German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU summit chair Charles Michel, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the bloc’s representatives said the ball is in China’s court to meet a 2020 target date for sealing the long-sought investment deal.