A woman uses her mobile phone in front of a China Mobile office in downtown Shanghai October 22, 2012. REUTERS/Aly Song
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China is putting pressure on the European Union to issue a strong joint statement against President Donald Trump's trade policies at a summit later this month but is facing resistance, European officials said.One proposal has been for China and the European Union to launch joint action against the United States at the World Trade Organisation.Vice Premier Liu He has said privately that China is ready to set out for the first time what sectors it can open to European investment at the annual summit, expected to be attended by President Xi Jinping, China's Premier Li Keqiang and top EU officials.Chinese state media has promoted the message that the European Union is on China's side, officials said, putting the bloc in a delicate position. However, China's offer at the upcoming summit to open up reflects Beijing's concern that it is set to face tighter EU controls, and regulators are also blocking Chinese takeover attempts in the United States.
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