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As officials prepare for Friday’s EU-China summit, expectations for concrete progress are low. The EU will focus on pressing Beijing not to supply arms to Russia, and not to help it circumvent sanctions imposed over its invasion of Ukraine. Ahead of the summit, China rejected speculation it might try to skirt the punitive measures, while complaining that they have damaged trade relations with its key diplomatic partner. Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin made the remarks in response to a question about a report we published that said Chinese diplomats are seeking details about complying with sanctions on Russia. That has helped ease concerns in the Biden administration even though U.S. officials remain wary that China may simply be looking for loopholes.