Summary Box: EU asks China help on Iran, Syria

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Posted: Feb 14, 2012 11:43 AM
Summary Box: EU asks China help on Iran, Syria

CHINA APPEAL: European Union leaders urged China to open its markets, join in persuading Iran to negotiate over its nuclear program and help end bloodshed in Syria, as they held a summit delayed by Europe's debt crisis.

PROMISES: Both sides pledged to boost trade and start talks on an investment treaty. But at a news conference, EU officials and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao expressed differences on issues from trade to human rights.

CLOSED DOORS: Europe is China's biggest trading partner but European companies complain Beijing limits access to promising industries and favors Chinese rivals in violation of its free-trade pledges.