EU-China summit opens with emphasis on trade

AP News
Posted: Sep 20, 2012 4:26 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — An EU-China summit is emphasizing the increasing trade ties between the two.

The high-level meeting, which is being held Thursday in Brussels, is also being used as a fond farewell to Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. China will choose new leadership this fall.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said it was "appropriate" to use the occasion look at progress made since Wen took office ten years ago and almost ten years since the launch of a strategic partnership between the two sides.

Barroso pointed to greatly increased trade over the past 10 years -- 280 percent in goods, 380 percent in services.

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For his part, Wen called for the EU's arms embargo against China, which was imposed in 1989 following the suppression of protests Tiananmen Square, to be lifted.